Media releases

Gibela’s giant footprint: ending SA’s 40 years in train manufacturing ‘wilderness’

South Africa’s 40-odd year gap when it comes to train-building technology is about to close as the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela) gears up to start the construction of its R1 billion, 85 000m² factory complex at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

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Transparency, fairness and localisation in rolling stock project for the new PRASA passenger trains

Thursday, March 12, Alberton, Johannesburg - Today, new ground will be broken for South African railway industry equipment manufacturers, large and small. 

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Gibela supplier day – Thursday 12 March 2015

The Gibela Rail Transport Consortium RF (Pty) Ltd will manufacture and deliver 600 passenger trains to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa over the next 10 years.

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Gibela, PRASA host media site visit to Brazil for sneak preview of the assembly line for the first South African commuter trains

First cutting-edge South African commuter train takes shape

Gibela and PRASA executives are leading a visit by SA media to Alstom Transport's train-assembly plant in Lapa, Brazil to show progress on the building of the first of 600 new commuter trains for PRASA.

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Training South African engineers

South Africans have a right to be sceptical. All too frequently they and their country have been short changed in promised skills or technology transfers. Perhaps they have expected too much.

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South Africa on Track: The future and challenges of rail passenger transport

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium was awarded a R51 billion contract for the replacement of South Africa's outdated metro rail rolling stock. 

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Gibela begins localisation programme

Gibela1, the South African rail company launched today, is committed to fulfilling the local content requirements for the rolling stock project commissioned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

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The beating heart of Gibela

12 team players on track

Gibela1, the South African rail company being officially launched today at a series of functions in Johannesburg, will train and upskill thousands of local people in various rail industry skills as part of the government's broader vision to revitalise the country's once proud local industry.

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Gibela up and running

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium RF (Pty) Ltd (Gibela)1, the new, empowered South African rail company poised to revitalise both the country's commuter rail network and its century-old train-building capacity, launches itself to key South African stakeholders in a series of information-sharing events in Johannesburg today.

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The Gibela journey begins today

Watch the CNBC panel discussion, South Africa on Track: The future and challenges of rail passenger transport, to find out more about the launch of Gibela. The discussion will be broadcast at 14h00 CAT on CNBC Africa.

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Gibela to deliver cutting-edge commuter trains into South African rail network

A new, empowered South African company, Gibela (Pty) Limited (Gibela) introduced itself today to the country’s media. Gibela is charged with supplying 600 cutting-edge commuter trains for South Africans over a 10-year period. The trains will be manufactured at a new purpose-built facility in South Africa, staffed by South Africans.  

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PRASA and Gibela unveil the finalised design of their new commuter train

The project achieves its first milestone and now advances at full speed towards the manufacture of the vehicles

The final design of the new X'Trapolis MEGA commuter train to be delivered by Gibela to PRASA was unveiled today during Africa Rail, Africa's leading transport & infrastructure show.

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