Gibela has spent R6bn on local procurement since 2014

Train manufacturer Gibela has launched its first socioeconomic impact report, sharing the progress it has made in terms of economic, social and environmental initiatives from January 2014 to March this year.

Gibela was formed in 2013 as a black economic empowerment consortium through French rail company Alstom and South Africa’s Ubumbano Rail and New AfricaRail.

Gibela is in the process of fulfilling a R53-billion contract awarded by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) to design, manufacture and maintain a fleet of 600 passenger trainsets comprising six cars per train for the country’s 2.3-million daily urban rail commuters.

Gibela produced 13 trainsets in 2019/20 and CEO HectorDanisa confirms that the company is on track to produce about 20 trainsets in 2020/21.

As at March this year, Gibela had produced 33 of 600 trains.

He notes that the company intends to publish socioeconomic impact reports every two years.

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