Prasa has not awarded maintenance contracts for several years

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  • The passenger rail agency has not awarded maintenance contracts for several years, leading to a precipitous decline in train availability.
  • Because many of the trains cannot run, trips are cancelled, and far fewer commuters are using Metrorail.
  • Though the rail agency is sitting on a cash pile, it has not awarded contracts to fix train sets.

As any disgruntled Metrorail commuter can vouch, rush-hour train delays and cancellations have spiralled in recent years. Passengers find themselves making hurried changes of plans to get to work – often at double the price of a train ticket.

The reason, we are told, is that train vandalism, arson and theft have put more and more coaches out of commission. Less known, is that repairs have all but ceased. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has failed to award

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