21 May 2018

South Africa: Our Priority Is to Provide Safe Rail Travel - Blade Nzimande

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is plagued with problems, and during the Transport Budget vote in Parliament on Friday the struggling entity's issues were once again laid before MPs, guests and department officials.

"We have intensified our efforts of stabilising the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)," transport minister Blade Nzimande assured on Friday.

During both the Transport department's pre-budget media briefing and budget vote, leadership instability, commuter safety and the entities' outstanding financial statement were at the top of the minister's attention.

In April 2018, an interim board was appointed. This is the second board appointed in just under two years.

During a recent parliamentary meeting, Prasa secretary Lindekhaya Zide said a permanent board was needed so the entity could be stable again.

During the budget vote, Nzimande said the department's attention would be on Prasa in the Western Cape, particular in Cape Town.

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