X'Trapolis Mega officially handed over to the people of South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa: Tuesday, 09 May 2017. The first of 600 new commuter trains for South Africa - built by Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) - were today unveiled by the customer, the Passenger Rail Authority of South Africa (PRASA), at an inaugural ceremony held in Pretoria.

President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Transport Mr Joe Maswanganyi accompanied guests, including Gibela's shareholders and chairman Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, on a train ride from Rissik Street Station to Pretoria Station - showing off the train's state-of-the-art features.

President Jacob Zuma said at the event: "This project is part of a bigger plan by PRASA to roll out the train system of the future to modernise and improve train passenger experience in South Africa. It is a worthwhile investment that will improve infrastructure for our people. The handing over of the new trains means that the days of an unsafe and uncomfortable rail service are soon to be a thing of the past."

The first 13 trains have now begun full commercial service in the Pretoria area.

For more information please contact:
On behalf of Gibela:
Pamella Radebe+27 83 277 8766Email: pamella.radebe@gibela-rail.com
Office tel:+27 11 518 8232

Russell and Associates:
James Duncan
+27 79 336 4010
Email: james@rair.co.za
Pam McLeod
+27 82 872 6387
Email: pam@rair.co.za
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Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa's outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years.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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