Prasa spokesperson Nana Zenani said diesel locomotives would be used in areas with no overhead power to run trains, and security deployments have been updated to focus on the crime hotspots, while all procurement contracts for spares and other crucial services are being expedited to shorten the waiting period.
“Passenger rail services are facing a bleak start to the year, with most services cancelled or temporarily suspended until the problem is under control,” Zenani said.
Prasa acting chief executive Zwelakhe Mayaba said: “A functional electrical line is crucial in delivering a reliable service. As it stands, our electrical lines are being vandalised and stolen, creating an unpredictable operational pattern for both ourselves as the service providers and customers.”
The enormity of rebuilding substations and related support infrastructure cannot be underestimated and there simply are no quick fixes, Mayaba said