South Africa on drive to modernize public transportation

January 15, 2015

Africa, International

South Africa on drive to modernize public transportation

South Africa new trains


Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, has received the second consignment of South African engineered and Spanish built locomotives at the Cape Town harbor.

A total of 70 locomotives are expected to arrive in the country over the next few years as part of the government’s program to modernize public transport.

Over the next 10 years, government is investing over R170 billion (US $14,69 billion) in public transport.

Peters says the building of 600 new trains for metro rail is also in the pipeline.

She says it will see the construction of a factory in Ekurhuleni which will include an academy to train engineers.

“Nineteen thousand that we need to train over the next 10 years but we are also saying we are very much excited about the support we are getting from the Department of Higher Education and Training, because of the target of engineers they will be training [and also] because as a sector we are heavily engineering intensive,” says the minister.

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