National Railway Policy White Paper aims to address Prasa capacity challenges: Mbalula

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Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has launched the National Railway Policy White Paper in Pretoria.

The policy document outlines how passenger and cargo rail will be rolled out and managed.


It seeks to address capacity challenges in which the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) cannot run services, by introducing private sector participation through railway infrastructure investment.

Mbalula says the policy is critical for fast-tracking the implementation of priority structural reforms to support economic recovery.

“ The private sector with the gazetting of this is already calling, ready to move fast and furious. You are going to see work in the branch lines; we are talking from Mafikeng down to Johannesburg, from Botshabelo to Thaba’Nchu. All the branch lines that were dead, concessions and all tha,t there’s going to be a hype of activity.”