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prasaCape Times reports that the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is expecting to award its long-awaited new security tender in about three months.

This was indicated in an affidavit that the state-owned entity filed in compliance with a 9 April Western Cape High Court order. In a scathing court order last month, Acting Judge Michael Bishop expressed disappointment at Prasa’s failure to produce plans for a new tender for the protection of commuters, trains and infrastructure. He ordered Prasa to file an affidavit which included plans and timelines for issuing the tender and a proposal for how the court should continue to supervise the implementation of the tender, and any other information it considered relevant to the court’s ongoing supervision. Prasa acting group head of corporate security, Alexio Papadopulo, indicated: “Its (Prasa’s) plans, including timelines for issuing a new tender for security services for its trains and infrastructure in the Western Cape, are to issue a new national tender which will include security services for the Prasa trains and infrastructure in the Western Cape within a month of this affidavit, and to have the award of that tender completed and awarded by July or August this year.” The four security firms who are applicants in the case, namely Sechaba Protection Services, Supreme Security, Chuma Security Services and Vusa-Isizwe Security, are expected to file responding affidavits this week. The High Court is expected to issue further directions after receipt of the affidavits.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Okuhle Hlati at Cape Times

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