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prasaDaily News reports that a shortage of trains has left commuters from KwaDukuza, north of Durban, in the lurch.  They faced a similar struggle in October when train services to Durban were cancelled because of maintenance problems.  

A spokesperson for the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa), Zama Nomnganga, conceded there was a shortage of trains to KwaDukuza.  “There should be five trains, but we are only providing four because of breakdowns,” he indicated.  He added that ageing infrastructure and cable theft delayed trains.  To avoid accidents, trains had to be authorised manually and not in the control room.  “We are trying to get trains to run on time so that people get to work and school on time,” he said.  He also urged the public to report suspicious behaviour around railway lines and stations to the authorities.

  • Read Thobeka Ngema’s report on this story in full at Daily News

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