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Gibela launches massive recruitment drive for operators, artisans, trainees

HDIs – Ekurhuleni East residents in particular – targeted

Johannesburg, 15 February 2017: Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) has launched an extensive campaign to recruit operators and artisans for its new manufacturing facility and trainees for its new training centre, both at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni.

Gibela has contracts from the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (PRASA) to build and maintain 600 new trains for South Africa’s rail commuter public over the next two decades.

Historically Disadvantaged Individuals (HDIs) – and in particular, HDI residents of Ekurhuleni East – will be prioritised for recruitment. Construction of two sections of the manufacturing facility – the Car Body Shell Workshop and the Fitting Workshop – is now well advanced and some 145 qualified and experienced operators and artisans are now needed to staff up these for the start of manufacturing of the first of 580 South African-built trains during the first quarter of 2017.

At full capacity, the manufacturing facility will eventually employ some 1 500 people directly.

For the Car Body Shell Workshop, operators must have Matric with maths and science; semi-skilled boilermakers and welders a Senior Certificate (Grade 12), minimum N1-N2, and a six months’ institutionalised training certificate and experience in the lean manufacturing assembly process would be advantageous; and trade-tested boilermakers and welders a Red Seal trade certificate and spot welding experience, while a Senior Certificate and a technical qualification/diploma would be advantageous.

For the Fitting Workshop, operators must have matric with maths and science; semi-skilled fitters (mechanical and electrical) a Senior Certificate (Grade 12), Minimum N1-N2, and a six months’ institutionalised training certificate and experience in the lean manufacturing assembly process would be advantageous; and trade-tested fitters (mechanical and electrical) a Red Seal trade certificate, while a Senior Certificate and a technical qualification/diploma would be advantageous.

Applicants must be willing to be based at Dunnottar; to work shifts; be SMART electronic device-competent and available to start on 3 April 2017.

Trainees

Gibela’s Training Centre at Dunnottar is rapidly nearing completion, and applications are now open for the first intake of 70 qualifying trainees. Learnerships available are: welding, boilermaking/vehicle building, electrical, electrical fitting and turning/machining, painting/gluing/blasting, and supply chain. A Matric with maths and science is required, and applicants must be in the National Certificate stream, with engineering subjects.

Applicants must be willing to be based at Dunnottar and/or Wolmerton (Pretoria) and be available to start on 1 March 2017.

Some 18 000 trainees are expected to pass through the training centre over the next 10 years of operation, into careers not only at Gibela but in the broader South African railway sector.

To apply

Applications can either be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or dropped off at the Department of Labour office in Springs, Nigel, Benoni, Brakpan or Boksburg.

They must be accompanied by a CV, certified copies of specified qualifications and a certified ID copy.

The closing date for applications is 24 February 2017.


About Gibela:

Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years. Fully empowered, Gibela is conscious of its role as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new skills through its majority shareholder, Alstom. In a contract signed in 2013, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) assigned Gibela the task of replacing its rolling stock with new trains.

Gibela is headquartered in Johannesburg, while its manufacturing and training facility is located in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Through the rolling stock project, Gibela will generate 1 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period. Thousands of people – engineers, artisans, technicians, train drivers and technologists – will benefit from training and upskilling.

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