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prasaCape Argus reports that the City of Cape Town’s transport portfolio committee has slammed the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) for failing to get the Central Line up and running, claiming that the agency has completely neglected the busiest line in Cape Town, even before the Covid-19 pandemic occurred.  

Committee chairperson Angus McKenzie said the line had been left to be completely vandalised:  “Vandals have moved on from stealing underground cables to overhead cables, train tracks and now the overhead pylons.”  McKenzie added that, while vandalism was a key factor in the state of the line, “we must never discount the fact that Prasa has played a leading role in not ensuring that the necessary safety and security measures have been put in place”.  Prasa spokesperson Makhosini Mgitywa reacted that the role of rail in Cape Town, and the Central Line in particular, as the backbone of the transport system was well appreciated.  But Mgitywa added that the recovery of the Central Line had unfortunately experienced delays for various reasons, including the implications of the Covid-19 lockdown, internal capacity challenges and lack of adequate security solutions.  United Commuters Voice spokesperson Joao Jardim noted that the Central Line would not reopen any time soon as structures had been built on the tracks and Prasa needed to address that matter before it could proceed with any form of rebuilding or opening of the line.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Sisonke Mlamla at Cape Argus

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