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prasaFin24 reports that Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula announced on Wednesday that the "war room" he set up in August 2019 to turn around the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) would be wound down as many of its functions were being transferred to the state-owned entity's administrator.  

Mbalula placed Prasa under administration in early December.  In a statement, Mbalula said that Prasa was a "broken organisation, struggling to provide an efficient commuter and passenger rail service".  He explained that the war room was never intended to be a "silver bullet" to rid Prasa of its "chronic ailments" and although it had not met all of its targets, he had seen progress in improving operational performance at the agency.  The war room also helped in "energising management" and mobilising staff behind a focused vision, he added.  As for Prasa's turnaround plan, the administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo will focus on speeding up interventions to improve operational performance, expedite the modernisation programme, ensure security interventions and review the organisational design and business model, among other things.  Commenting on operations, Mpondo said that the central line in Cape Town has not been running for three months.  An upgrade, which will take place over a six-month-period was planned, and the track and fencing would be looked at.  Alternative modes of transport, such as buses were being considered, for the duration of the upgrades.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Phumi Ramalepe and Lameez Omarjee at Fin24
  • Read too, Vandalism, disorder, mismanagement led Prasa to lose R1bn in two years, says Mbalula, at TimesLIVE

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