- President Cyril Ramaphosa and Western Cape premier Helen Zille visited the Cape Town train station on Tuesday
- The visit saw the unveiling of Prasa’s new trains
- The Rail Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme will see more than 7000 new trains built over a period of 20 years
President Cyril Ramaphosa, Western Cape premier Helen Zille and the National and Provincial Transport ministers paid the Cape Town station a special visit on Tuesday.
The Passenger Rail Agency briefed them on steps taken to enhance commuter services.
The visit also saw the introduction of PRASA’s new trains as part of the Rail Rolling Stock Fleet Renewal Programme.
The modern trains are being manufactured locally as part of the programme, which will result in the production of more than 7 000 trains over the next 20 years.
Ramaphosa and Zille then went for a guided train ride from Cape Town to Mowbray Station.
SABC news shared the news via their Facebook page, but it was popular across social media platforms.
Briefly.co.za noted the reaction and it seems South Africans are desperate for an upgraded transportation system.
Commuter issues have been well documented as trains are notoriously dangerous and overcrowded.
Ramaphosa himself experienced commuter frustration when his train ride in Pretoria suffered from technical difficulties and broke down.
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