Train factory openings and train smashes: SA has R51bn locomotives it can't use

Train factory openings and train smashes: SA has R51bn locomotives it can't use

- A huge train manufacturing plant has been officially opened in the East Rand on 25 October

- President Ramaphosa is excited about the plant as it created 1 500 jobs

- However, there are several issues that need to be addressed before the plant's trains will roll into stations

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A massive locomotive manufacturing plant has been officially opened in Dunnottar on the East Rand, and it's worth billions. The opening was widely welcomed by the public as well as the president.

President Ramaphosa said that this new plant improves the country's train network and it's a step in the right direction, as reported by EWN.

However, it will be a while yet before the locomotives from this plant will roll into stations across South Africa.

There are numerous issues that need to be addressed first.

The stations that will be used by these locomotives first needs to be renovated because the train doors are a different height to the platforms.

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This calls for massive changes to be made, according to a report by The Citizen.

Then there's also the problem with a safety permit that won't be issued by the Rail Safety Regulator because of the collapse of the locomotives' signalling system.

The Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa is aware of this safety issue, and a court order prevented the locomotives from rolling into stations before this is addressed.

This massive plant - which was given a contract worth R51 billion - is expected to deliver 2 new locomotives by December of this year and 9 by March of next year.

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Over the next 2 years, the plant will deliver 56 new locomotives. 20 of them have already been made in Brazil and 580 is expected to be made in Dunnotar.

The plant has created 1 500 jobs, something that President Ramaphosa is very happy about.

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