DURBAN - Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula gave a thumbs up after conducting a pre-departure inspection of Transnet's freight rail services, alongside the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) on Thursday, to determine the state of readiness and safety management in Durban.
The minister together with engineers conducted the checks to ensure an incident-free environment.
“The pre-departure inspections such as the one conducted this morning are a critical element of safety management, as these seek to prevent accidents before they occur. As our safety management regime matures, we continue to learn valuable lessons through these inspections and strengthen the capacity of the Regulator to deliver an incident-free environment,” Mbaula said.
The inspection sought to assess the condition of rolling stock against predetermined train pre-departure criteria in order to make informed decisions.
It was also aimed at investigating the robustness and efficiency of the procedures applied by Transnet Freight Rail for certifying their trains as ready for service.