President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday that the government was investing a great deal of money to improve the way people travel and that the launch of the new Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) trains marked the beginning of a 20-year modernisation programme.
Following the President's launch of Prasa's new service, South African commuters will now be able to experience a world-class service at affordable rates. Prasa's new trains offer faster travel times, reliable service, improved security with CCTV cameras, and the trains have full air conditioning. Once it is implemented nationally, this travel experience will be available to most of South Africa's commuters.
The new trains mark the beginning of a 20-year modernisation programme in response to modernising passenger rail services. The modernisation programme promotes the National Development Plan's Vision 2030 that aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030.
The current trains will continue to run over the next 15 years while Prasa implements the modernisation programme for the new trains and infrastructure upgrades. During this time, Prasa will continue upgrading the current trains and will keep them operational until such time that all of them have been replaced.