President Cyril Ramaphosa together with Prasa will be unveiling two new trial trains at Cape Town station on Tuesday.
Prasa group CEO Dr Nkosinathi Sishi explains how the new trains will operate and the plan in place to deal with the constant vandalism and destruction of infrastructure that has almost crippled the entity.
He says they will be doing a test run to see if the infrastructure in Cape Town is aligned to the quality and the types of trains they will be introducing.
This is a trial operation which means the safety operator is going to be given an opportunity to look at how they respond to the current infrastructure, whether or not we have complied with the prescripts of the regulator.— Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Group CEO - Prasa
Our engineers will have an opportunity to ensure that the performance of these trains is at the best they could be.— Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Group CEO - Prasa
The public will also have a chance to see them closer because they are available and belong to the Western Cape.— Dr Nkosinathi Sishi, Group CEO - Prasa
According to Sishi, Prasa is looking at introducing 35 new trains within the Western Cape by 2020.
The trains were built in Brazil but assembled by a team of engineers in Nigel, Gauteng.
Sishi says the next set of trains will be built locally.
To hear the rest of the conversation, listen below: