Call for trains to operate
Thousands of commuters are calling on Prasa to resolve the train problem as they can’t get to work and are fired
THE portfolio committee on transport has called on the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to let the trains run on the central lines between the city and Khayelitsha.
The directive came after commuters’ complaints following the suspension of services on this problematic line for five weeks.
The contentious issue as well as passenger safety on trains and unreliable train services was the focal point of discussions during a meeting of the committee in Parliament earlier this week. At the heart of this problem is the continued vandalism and cable theft by syndicates targeting the central line.
Following numerous complaints from infuriated civil society organisations representing commuters in the Cape Town area, the portfolio committee on transport invited Prasa along with the Rail Safety Regulator, to answer questions on the issue that caused so much inconvenience to thousands of commuters.
Acting committee chairperson Leonard Ramatlakane said: “It is unfortunate that train services on the Cape Town central line had to be shut down for such a long time.
“For five weeks people haven’t been able to get to their places of work. We are simply failing the people of Cape Town. People are struggling to go make a living and they are being dismissed when they don’t make it to work.
“We are frustrated as we are getting hundreds of emails from people asking about these trains.
“We don’t have six months to sort out this and the state does have resources – why not dispatch engineers from other regions ?
“Why do you want to continue sustaining the pain?”
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TOUCH of Class’s goal is to provide the public with a wide variety of music genres. Through Deon’s instrumental ingenuity on different instruments and Ruhan du Toit’s versatile voice, officer Comet Molepo informed the committee that the central line would be reopened on Wednesday next week.
However, the committee was not happy at all and reiterated that the matter was an emergency.
We don’t buy the story of next week. Prasa must find additional resources to make sure that the central line is reopened
“This situation is a crisis and necessitates a holding arrangement while a permanent solution is being sorted out. Autopax, a subsidiary of Prasa, can dispatch buses to be used by the stranded commuters.
“We don’t buy the story of next week. Prasa must find additional resources to make sure that the central line is reopened,” he said.
In addition Prasa was also advised to consider a multidisciplinary approach that will involve the metro police, the South African Police Service and the national intelligence service to develop safety plans to protect both passengers and prevent cable theft. the group entertains audiences of all spheres. His voice spanning more than four octaves and Deon van der Merwe’s ability to play different styles on the guitar enables Touch of Class to master genres from country, classic rock, classical music, pop and different musical styles. Tickets R150, 8.30pm, Die Boer, Durbanville
RAIL APPEAL: The portfolio committee on transport has called on Prasa to open the lines to Khayelitsha.