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The new policy comes amid the worst devastation to the rail network, industry bodies say

On Thursday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan led discussions on the new policy with industry players at Kempton Park.

Cape Town station. Photo: Abigail Javier/Eyewitness News

JOHANNESBURG – “There is nothing left to steal” – was the message from government rail industry entities and partners at the launch of the new rail policy.

While the document addresses the theft and destruction of rail infrastructure, industry stakeholders who addressed delegates at the rally said time is running out to retain existing rail lines as criminals overwhelm the system.

On Thursday, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan led discussions on the new policy with industry players at Kempton Park.

The effects of the new policy, which addresses the issue of security, will only be felt years from now and leaders fear that by then there will be no more infrastructure if the government does not intervene. to protect her.

South Africa leads the statistics when it comes to rail infrastructure theft and vandalism – a problem that has crippled the system – leaving many businesses and commuters no choice but to resort to road transport which has become unaffordable for many.

Jaap van der Merwe, rail and port specialist, said: “We have sufficient network capacity, but we are struggling to protect resources and use them.

Rail safety regulator CEO Thami Kgare said: “By the way, this comes at a time when we have witnessed the worst devastation to the rail network. We know it as a regulator based on some of our preliminary observations, in terms of statistics that the drop we’re likely to see in theft and vandalism isn’t necessarily going to be the result of an improvement security conditions. Vulnerable infrastructure has already been stolen. I argue that there is literally nothing left to steal.

The policy sets out solutions for maintenance investments and other public-private partnerships, which will see companies become operators alongside government and control certain components of rail infrastructure.



The new policy comes amid the worst devastation to the rail network, industry bodies say

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