THE GIBELA PROJECT
Gibela is the empowerment consortium created through a partnership between the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and French multinational Alstom. Prasa has awarded Gibela contracts worth R51 billion to build a fleet of 600 Alstom trains over 10 years starting from 2017.
In terms of the project, the first 20 trains will be built in Brazil, with the remainder being built at a purpose-built manufacturing plant in Dunnottar, east of Johannesburg.
As the projects develop, so will the skills of young South African engineers because the project seeks to develop the industrial capacity of the country. Various training initiatives will see young South Africans being equipped with skills in various industries and capacities. The first of these are the 12 young engineers who are undergoing training in France under Alstom’s 18-month mentorship programme.
The multibillion-rand project includes:
The delivery of 600 state-of-the-art passenger trains (3 600 coaches) over 10 years.
Ongoing maintenance, spares supply and technical support over 19 years.
The construction of a world-class manufacturing and training facility in Dunnottar.
According to Gibela CEO Marc Granger, the project is meant to deliver modern trains, develop an efficient local industrial plant, and support South Africa’s economic and social development.