JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) yesterday received a stay of execution after the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) issued it with a Temporary Safety Permit valid until the end of this month.
The regulator said the temporary permit would allow the rail agency to continue with its operations and to address the identified inadequacies.
“The RSR has issued PRASA with a Contravention Notice for operating trains on 1 August 2018 without being in possession of a valid Safety Permit,” RSR said.
“It is the RSR’s legislative obligation, as an authority responsible for overseeing rail safety, to ensure that operators demonstrate the highest levels of commitment towards the safety of railway operations customers, staff, contractors, visitors and others who may be affected by its railway operations”.
The regulator strangely failed to mention the “inadequacies” at Prasa’s safety measures it had identified.
The country has had a few rail accidents in the past few months. In January a Shosholoza Meyl train en route from Port Elizabeth to Johannesburg crashed into a truck that allegedly failed to stop at a level crossing. The accident involved nine carriages and more than 200 passengers were injured, while 18 people lost their lives.