Parliament, Monday, 7 November 2022 – The Acting Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport, Mr Lisa Mangcu, has noted with concern media reports about rusting fleet that belongs to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

Mr Mangcu said it concerned the committee that around this time there are reports of long travel carriages that are about to be deposed or sold. He said: “The committee will consider inviting PRASA on this matter depending on its term programme. There are issues in the portfolio that necessitate that the committee does not compromise on oversight.”

“The mainline service used to play a critical role around this time, offering people reasonable prices for travel and comfort. PRASA needs to brief the committee on plans to reintroduce efficient Shosholoza Meyl service especially between Johannesburg and Cape Town.”

Mr Mangcu said when the mass mover of people and goods crashes around the festive season it is a concern, and that the committee will stop at nothing in trying to find answers.
There has to be a plan on how and when coaches are deposed, otherwise if information comes via uncoordinated reports it has a potential to cause confusion.

He said PRASA will also need to brief the committee on the ground the entity has covered in trying to rebuild vandalised rail tracks.

Reports on the weekend indicated that about 155 carriages had been deemed obsolete, unusable and to be sold.

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