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Construction of Dunnottar factory site at 50% completion

Local recruitment drive, SMME subcontracts and relaunch of stakeholder engagement forum with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality

Johannesburg: 5 June 2017. Gibela has reached the 50% completion milestone of the construction of its train manufacturing facility in Dunnottar, east of Johannesburg – exactly one year into the construction programme. This is where 580 commuter trains will be built to for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to replace their aging rolling stock. The factory, the first and only of its kind on the continent, will at peak production build 62 trains a year.

The manufacturing facility consists of the main factory where the trains will be assembled, a training centre where South Africans will augment their rail-related technical skills, testing facilities for static and dynamic testing, and a 27 hectare Supplier Park.

The construction programme is divided into eight (8) packages and all contractors have been on-boarded. Packages 1 and 2 are now at advanced stages of completion with the other six packages at various stages of equipment installation. All packages are due to be completed by the end of 2017.

It is expected that the manufacture of the first car body shell will start as soon as all the industrial equipment has been tested, commissioned and the buildings have met and satisfied all regulatory requirements resulting in the issuance of occupation certificates.

In total, 822 jobs have been created by the construction programme, 716 of which have been filled by people from neighbouring communities. Of the 576 currently active construction jobs, 493 have been filled by local people.

Gibela has also completed the first round of recruitment of full-time employees at the facility, successfully filling all 49 skilled and semi-skilled boilermaker and welder posts – as planned – with historically disadvantaged (HD) applicants from 13 communities neighbouring the plant. To date, 73 learnerships and apprenticeships for the training centre have also been filled with historically disadvantaged applicants from Ekurhuleni metro communities.

In March 2017, local historically disadvantaged small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMME) suppliers of plastering, painting, tiling and carpentry services submitted their profiles in order to be considered for work on the plant. A number of appointments have been made to 100% black and youth owned SMMEs while others have been shortlisted. Gibela has spent R128 million on local SMMEs to date.

Gibela believes communication with stakeholders is a priority and holds monthly meetings at its Stakeholder Engagement Forum. The next meeting will take place on 9 June 2017.

For more information please contact:

On behalf of Gibela:
Pamella Radebe                        Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Office tel:                                 +27 10 600 0651

Russell and Associates:
James Duncan                          Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pam McLeod                            Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Office tel:                                 +27 11 880 3924           

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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