President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday unveiled 13 new passenger trains to be operated by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA's) Metrorail division.

Daily travelling by train is no longer going to be a headache for commuters in Pretoria, thanks to Prasa's newly unveiled world class locomotives.

President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that government was investing a lot of money to improve the way people travel, adding that the launch of the new Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) trains marked the beginning of a 20-year modernisation programme.

President Zuma today successfully launched the new PRASA trains operated by Metrorail. The new trains, affectionately known as "The People's Train" , are part of PRASA's modernisation programme, which will be implemented over the next 20 years.

South Africa: The first 13 X'Trapolis Mega electric multiple-units for Metrorail commuter routes entered revenue service on the Pretoria suburban network on May 9 after being unveiled by President Jacob Zuma.

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) has completed the first round of recruitment of full-time employees for the car body shell workshop at its new train manufacturing plant at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni.

Construction work can now resume at Gibela Rail Transport Consortium’s (Gibela’s) R1-billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar.

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium said on Tuesday that it has restarted construction work at the R1bn train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, after a week of community unrest came to an end.

On 7 February, the first X’Trapolis Mega train, built by Gibela for PRASA, carried its first passengers on the Koedoespoort – Rissik Corridor, in Pretoria.