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prasaBusiness Report writes that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) has announced that about 1,500 people will be permanently employed at its R1 billion local train manufacturing plant at Dunnottar Park, in the City of Ekurhuleni.  

Construction of the plant, which will also consist of a training centre and a supplier park that will house suppliers who will manufacture various train components, is now in its final stages.  Following receipt from Brazil of the last of the 20 trains which were manufactured outside of SA, Prasa is now gearing up to manufacture the remaining 580 trains locally, which will bring the total number of new Metrorail trains to 600 over the next 10 years.  Of the total number of people to be employed, 99% would be South Africans.  The company has also prioritised historically disadvantaged individuals, who will make up a total of 85% of the employees, with 25% of those being women.  

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