Transnet pumps billions into rail repair

2012-08-29 14:41

Cape Town - Transnet spent R2.4bn on maintenance and repairs to its freight rail system in 2011/12, and is set to spend the same again in this financial year, says Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Wednesday, he said eradicating the state freight logistics group's total maintenance and repair backlog was likely to take another decade.

"The current maintenance backlog has been accumulating over a period of 15 years, mainly due to a lack of funding owing to austerity measures of the time.

"The eradication of the maintenance backlog is a lengthy process and has been projected to take approximately 10 years to eliminate, dependent on the availability of funds."

Gigaba said the backlog was in the areas of rail and sleeper replacement, bridges, points machines, remote control systems and ballast screening, among others.

Some of the signalling systems in operation around the country "vary in age from the 1950s to date".

Over the past year, repair and maintenance work carried out by Transnet included replacing 760km of rail, refurbishing seven rail bridges, spending R350m on replacing signalling equipment, and replacing 365 000 sleepers.

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  • Vince.York - 2012-08-29 19:59

    Have they revisited just how much REVENUES would immediately become apparent to the loss making behemoth, as well as the communities all along the KZN South Coast to Port Edward and the southern Cape coast in the "Outeniqua Line" WHICH TOURISTS & HOLIDAY MAKERS IMPLORE THE STATE FOR URGENT REPAIR for decades, but because the state only wants to support connected taxi warlords they refuse so far! Generating BUSINESS does not always mean having to pre-arrange some corrupt blackened "trender deal" and then lavish it out as a form of largesse to designated cadres even though this still sounds a foreign concept to these anc regime cronies.

  • msard - 2012-08-30 10:12

    4.8 Billion Rand !!!!! (WOW) over a period of 2 financial years? And that is for freight maintenance and repairs alone ! Look at our state of ROADS throughout South Africa (Especially in the Eastern Cape) They are beyond repair!!! They need to be resurfaced like they recently had done on the stretch from East London airport to and maybe beyond Port Alfred. The roads in and around the City of East London is a NIGHTMARE and if left for much longer many many many BILLIONS is going to be required for this to be rectified ! 48 BILLION Rand ...........Maybe more is needed to resurface our crumbling poor conditioned roads here in East London !

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