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prasaEngineering News reports that Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Nosipho Damasane says that Covid-19 has given the state-owned rail entity the opportunity to “stop and think” about its service offering and the way forward.  

But, it has also left the door open to severe vandalism of its assets during the national lockdown.  Damasane indicated that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula was looking at the matter in “an integrated fashion” with all the government departments related to the security of State assets.  Internally, the agency has insourced its security function, in order to regain ownership of this arm of its operations.  Damasane advised that Prasa had completed a first round of appointments, with 3,100 new security officers in various categories now active at the agency.  “We are buying vehicles and we are going the route of electronic guarding.  All of this we are rolling out on time, every day, as we have no other option … to make sure that we don’t [re]start operations without security.  Our strategy is one where our biggest investment is in security, followed by infrastructure and followed by operations to service our clients – in that order,” Damasane indicated.

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