According to Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) will spend around R4 billion to repair and rebuild stations and damaged infrastructure.
PRASA will have to pay R4 994 674 062.88 to repair and reconstruct the vandalized infrastructure. The most severe vandalism of train infrastructure has occurred in Gauteng, the Western Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal, according to the Minister.
By the end of the calendar year 2022, PRASA has pledged to restoring service to ten priority commuter train corridors.
“A key consideration in achieving this objective is achieving a quicker turnaround time in repairing vandalised stations and rehabilitating damaged infrastructure. However, challenges relating to the relocation of illegal settlements on the Central Line may affect our ability to return to full service this line before 2023,” the Minister said.
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