Calm restored in Duduza; work resumes on construction of Gibela’s R1 billion train manufacturing facility
- Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017 11:00
Johannesburg, South Africa, 28 February 2017 Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) has welcomed the restoration of law and order in Duduza, Ekurhuleni today, following weeks of community unrest.
This development has facilitated the re-start of construction work from today at the company’s neighbouring R1billion train manufacturing facility at Dunnottar, stopped for weeks out of concern for the safety of construction workers on site.
Calm in the community and resumption of construction work has flowed directly from a series of engagements with key stakeholders held last week, revolving around a thorough debrief on Gibela’s operations, plans and progress in so far as they relate to job creation, skills development, the involvement of small and medium enterprises and sourcing opportunities for local suppliers/businesses.
These engagements were led throughout by the MMC for Finance and Economic Development in Ekurhuleni, Doctor Xhakaza, and his team. Gibela and its shareholders have expressed its gratitude to MMC Xhakaza, the representatives of the Department of Transport and PRASA as well as local law enforcement agencies for their support and leadership in efforts to defuse an increasingly volatile situation.
Out of these engagements, the following action points were agreed upon for implementation:
- The immediate resumption of the Stakeholder Forum under the stewardship of Doctor Xhakaza – to keep all stakeholders abreast of developments and to ensure an equitable distribution of economic development opportunities to local communities
- The convening of a three-day workshop on economic development with relevant parties from the Ekurhuleni Metro
- The augmentation by Gibela of its sourcing strategy with a component focused specifically on local communities
- The streamlining of Gibela’s current recruitment practices
The series of engagements was rounded off on Sunday, 26 February 2017 with a meeting with some 600 Duduza residents, at which a commitment was secured to immediately stop all protest action and to allow the resumption of work and school from yesterday.
Gibela CEO Marc Granger says that the company’s primary focus in the short term is to fully resume the construction works.
“In addition this, we will continue engagement with the community, the Council and the Office of the EMM’s MMC for Finance and Economic Development in order to improve understanding of our project and to ensure that it brings the intended benefits to the immediate communities.”
For more information please contact:
On behalf of Gibela:
Office tel: +27 11 518 8232
Russell and Associates:
Office tel: +27 11 880 3924
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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