Rail manufacturer, Gibela, plans to manufacture up to 62 trains a year
for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
Gibela Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hector Danisa, made this undertaking on Wednesday during Gauteng Premier David Makhura's
visit to the company's plant in Nigel, Ekurhuleni.
Danisa said the project has created about 5000 jobs since 2018.
“At peak we are anticipating we would have created about 1500 jobs directly ourselves, and up to now we have created about 5000 indirect jobs. So job creation is core to our DNA as Gibela,” he said.
The CEO said the company is contracted to produce 600 trains for Prasa.
“We are contracted to 600 trains for Prasa, so we still have a lot to do. As you can calculate, 550 trains still have to be produced here. Currently we are producing three trains a month. From next month to four trains a month, then we maintain that for about a year, then the following year we go to six trains a month,” he said.
One of the major shareholders at Alstom Southern Africa and board member of Gibela, Bernard Peille, said the Prasa contract was an opportunity for the company to demonstrate the developments they have done in the manufacturing company.
“It was an opportunity for us to demonstrate the development we have done, not only producing the state of the art trains, but as well to see how much young people, ladies and gentlemen are very much involved in making this plant a success in terms of economic development,” Peille said.
“What you have seen here is the beginning of a long successful story,” he said.
Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Rural Development, Parks Tau, said he was happy the plant was on the right path to creating more jobs in the province.
The factory produces amongst others cables and metallics used on trains.