Delivering his budget vote for the year 2019/2020, Mbalula said he was determined to turn the Passanger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) around as per President Cyril Ramaphosa’s directive earlier in the year. He said, “a decisive intervention to turn around Prasa and improve its operational performance while rebuilding its engineering capacity to drive the modernisation programme is in place”.
The minister said the process would be driven by what he termed “the ministerial war room”, which he said “will play an oversight role”.
“The ministerial war room will also guide interventions to realise three key objectives. The first being service recovery to focus on rolling stock availability and reliability, infrastructure availability and reliability and train performance. Specific targets that must be realised in the next 100 days include improving on-time performance of Metrorail from 73.3% to 85%,” said Mbalula.
“The second objective is safety management, which entails putting in place effective measures to protect rolling stock, staging yards, perway, electrical and signal infrastructure, depots, stations and most importantly, passengers on board our trains.