Johannesburg, 8 December 2016: More than 500 construction workers – most of them recruited from local communities – have celebrated 500 000 injury-free hours of work on the site of train manufacturer Gibela’s new premises at Dunnottar, near Springs.
At a function on site today (8 December 2016) to mark the achievement, Gibela Vice-President: Operations Thierry Darthout said the R1-billon construction programme is progressing well, and is on track for completion in November 2017.
Darthout attributed the attainment of the 500 000 injury-frees hours of work to both the rigorous environment, health and safety (EHS) system applied on site, and to the commitment of everyone working on site.
With more contractors, and more workers, scheduled to move on site to begin additional contracts by March next year, there would be a need for even greater commitment to the EHS system in order to ensure an injury-free workplace, Darthout said.
Of the 11 buildings comprising the facility, the furthest advanced is the training centre which is expected to be ready to admit its first intake of trainees early in the new year. Over a 10-year period, some 18 000 people are expected to pass through the training centre, readying them for careers with Gibela and in the wider South African railway sector.
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Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years.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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