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SA seek’s to put rail back at the heart of its public-transport system

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SA seek’s to put rail back at the heart of its public-transport system

For commuter rail to remain affordable, reliable and safe, government will have to play the leading role. But Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa CEO Lucky Montana believes there could well be an emerging position for the private sector in this mix.

2nd April 2009

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Transport Minister Jeff Radebe unveiled South Africa's newest State-owned enterprise at a well-attended public launch, held symbolically at Southern Africa's largest commuter hub: Joburg's Park Station,

The merger brings the well-known commuter brands of Metrorail, Shosoloza Meyl, Translux and City to City under the aegis of one corporate brand, known as Prasa.

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The consolidation is the strongest indication yet of government's desire to place rail back at the heart of the country's passenger-transport strategy. A strategy underpinned by a 25-billion, three-year investment plan to arrest the passenger rail's decline.

But what role, if any, could the private sector play beyond supplying Prasa with capital goods, infrastructure and services. CEO Lucky Montana outlined his vision from Park Station's Platform 16.

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