fikilembalulaBusinessLive reports that according to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, intervention by the Passenger Rail Agency of SA’s (Prasa’s) newly established war room has resulted in improved service on the tracks‚ but there was still much work to be done.  

Speaking on Monday on the war room’s progress, Mbalula said Prasa’s overall on-time performance (trains arriving and departing on time) had increased by 11% to 63%.  The war room, established in August to improve the rail service, was given 30 weeks to implement a turnaround programme.  It is now at the halfway mark.  According to a report on its progress‚ 53 focus areas‚ which Prasa refers to as “action items”‚ were identified for intervention.  Mbalula said the team had completed work in 28% of these areas.  Prasa has also appointed 62 service providers to help with the recovery of coaches and has filled three executive positions to “stabilise the organisation”.  The agency has also received fewer directives from the Rail Safety Regulator, a decline from 44 to 33.  Mbalula said “occurrences” (incidents on trains or on tracks) had also been reduced by 11%‚ from 809 to 723.

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