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UNTUANA reports that the United National Transport Union (Untu) said on Monday that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa's) state-of-the-art nerve centre known as a "war room" was ineffective and has had no impact on the train services.  

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula launched the Germiston-based nerve centre last month, promising an end to commuter train service problems.  The union commented as follows a month after the establishment of the facility:  "To date, no train drivers belonging to the Untu, the majority union in Prasa, has a telephone number for the “war room" where they can report occurring problems on their routes.  It's business as usual to them since the establishment of the “war room” as they continue to bear witness to the stripping of the remaining infrastructure by criminals."  General secretary Steve Harris went on to state:  "Abnormal working of the trains continues with thousands of manual authorisations issued per month nationwide.  Train drivers throughout the country, also those working for Transnet Freight Rail, are reporting the theft of overhead cables daily."  Harris also said train services in KwaZulu-Natal had "gone from bad to critical."  Launching the "war room", Mbalula had said it would be a "game changer" for train services.

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