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 New Age (Free State) - - WESTERN CAPE NEWS - VIN­CENT CRUYWAGEN news@the­newage.co.za

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?”

Prasa’s act­ing group chief ex­ec­u­tive sought-after names per­form­ing to­day. Tick­ets R90-R230, 8pm, Artscape Opera House

Touch Of Class Con­cert

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.

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