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metrorail thumb medium90 92City Press reports that according to the City of Cape Town, the possible suspension of the Passenger Railway Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) safety permit could result in a nationwide shutdown of Metrorail services.  

The intention by the Railway Safety Regulator to revoke Prasa’s safety permit emanated from a train-to-train collision on Thursday at Van Riebeeck Station in Kempton Park during manual authorisation.  City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee member for transport, Brett Herron, called on transport minister Dr Blade Nzimande to declare rail services a national disaster, saying:  "Emergency funds and fast-tracking procurement for critical services is what is needed.  It is the appropriate response to the scale and urgency of the problem."  Prasa has requested the regulator to limit the suspension to the Gauteng region, specifically Kempton Park.  Prasa board chairman Khanyisile Kweyama said that management was in the process of responding to the regulatory body.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • Read too, Cape Town asks Nzimande to take emergency action as rail shutdown looms, at The Citizen

And also, Prasa considering rail regulator’s intention to revoke safety permit, at EWN

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