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prasaNews24 reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) announced on Sunday that its trains would continue to operate, despite a possible suspension by the Rail Safety Regulator (RSR).  

Spokesperson Nana Zenani apologised to commuters for any uncertainty that might have been caused by the announcement of a possible suspension of the safety permit and assured them that there would be no interruption to the train service.  Metrorail and long-distance passenger services would run as normal as a result of an interim court order, she stated.  On Friday, the RSR communicated its intention to revoke Prasa’s safety permit because of a train-to-train collision on Thursday near Van Riebeeck Station in Kempton Park during manual authorisation.  "The decision by the Prasa Board and management to approach the courts was not arrived at lightly.  Prasa sought to engage RSR to reconsider its decision and rather confine the suspension to the corridor when the accident took place," Zenani indicated.  She added that a meeting between Prasa and the RSR, led by Prasa chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama, had not yielded any results.  Thus, Prasa had been forced to proceed with a court application.

  • Read this report by Christina Pitt in full at News24
  • Read too, Prasa challenges potential suspension of its operating permit, at EWN


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