Pretoria commuters get first ride in new coaches

Pretoria commuters travelling between Mamelodi and Pretoria will get the first ride in coaches purchased by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Metrorail said.The R59bn ($4.1bn) modernisation project with Gibela Rail Transport Consortium, targets the 40 years old trains that plan to transport 2.2-million passengers daily in South Africa. Gibela Rail Transport Consortium is 61% owned by French Alstom.

Only 20 trains will be¬†manufactured in Alstrom’s Brazil facility, the remaining 560 at the R1bn ($70m) Dunnottar factory in Ekurhuleni South Africa. Alstom plans to use South Africa as a base for servicing sub-Saharan Africa, that will also benefit the South African industry under increased pressure. The company is selling most of its energy assets to General Electric Co.