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.