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metrorail thumb medium90 92ANA reports that the City of Cape Town, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) and the Western Cape government have agreed to establish a dedicated enforcement unit to focus on the safety and security of Metrorail commuters and infrastructure.  

Details about how the unit would be funded, established, and managed will be addressed in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) between the principals.  It was foreseen that the MOA would be finalised and signed within the next few weeks.  The cost to establish and operate the unit for a period of 12 months has been estimated at R45-million.  "I am grateful that we have agreed on a starting point to address the safety and security issues to stabilise the urban rail service in the short-term.  A lot still needs to happen, but I think we have achieved our goal for the summit (held last week) by agreeing on a plan of action that can be implemented as soon as possible," mayoral committee member for transport and urban development Brett Herron said.  Metrorail Western Cape regional manager Richard Walker welcomed the landmark addition of surveillance technology to increase the rate of conviction of vandals and criminals in the Western Cape region.

  • Read this report in full at eNCA
  • Read too, Millions to be spent on fixing crime-ridden rail system in Cape Town, at BusinessLive

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