Cape Town commuter trains are running at 34% of capacity compared to 2019, when they were already on their knees due to arson attacks, theft of infrastructure, vandalism and mismanagement. Five out of 12 trains operated by Metrorail in 2019 are no longer running, according to a Passenger Rail Agency[…]
Metrorail says 14 arrests have been made in Cape Town in the past seven days. The passenger rail service in the Western Cape has been the target of vandals for years. Metrorail spokesperson, Riana Scott, says a revised regional security strategy focusing on known hotspots and maintenance facilities, has paid[…]
Metrorail has urged train commuters to obey new travelling protocols ahead of an expected resumption of phased in services from this week. Spokesperson Rianna Scott said on Tuesday that the rail service must get the go-ahead from Western Cape Transport MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Speaking to VOC’s Breakfast Beat, Scott explained[…]
As if the province’s transport woes can’t any worse, the entire Western Cape rail network is temporarily suspended with immediate effect due to Eskom disconnecting traction supply. Its believed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) owes Eskom millions in unpaid power bills. No trains are operating at present,[…]
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) will lead a march in Cape Town on Thursday morning to highlight its demand for a reliable and affordable commuter rail system. Cosatu Provincial Chairperson Motlatse Tsubane says they have had several meetings with the relevant stakeholders to raise their unhappiness about[…]
by Tauhierah Salie The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is determined to hold government accountable for failing public transport services in Cape Town, through protest action in February. Delayed or cancelled trains, congested buses, the probability of being robbed or assaulted, risk of losing your job and constant[…]
All commuter trains in Cape Town were cancelled on Thursday morning after fires at the city’s central station destroyed 18 carriages. “The entire Cape Town station is closed temporarily and the entire regional train service is suspended until further notice,” said Western Cape Metrorail spokesperson Riana Scott. “Commuters are advised[…]
By Tauhierah Salie Metrorail commuters are to make alternative travelling arrangements on Friday due to strike action. Protesters are demanding that the state of railway transport in the country be declared a “national emergency.” The strike is initiated by the Federation of Unions of SA (FEDUSA) and the United National[…]
By Tauhierah Salie Commuters should brace themselves for chaos on Cape Town’s public transport system on Friday, as the Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) and the United National Transport Union (Untu) are expected to embark on a nationwide strike. Speaking to VOC, the deputy-general secretary of Fedusa, Riefdah Ajam,[…]
The United National Transport Union (UNTU) plans to hold a national protected strike to highlight the continuous issues linked to ailing parastatal Prasa. This decision follows almost 10 months after the Public Protector announced that she would conduct an investigation to determine the causes behind the countless attacks on Metrorail[…]
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