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Rebuilding railway system can have positive impact on South African economy

ActionSA party president Herman Mashaba encourages rebuilding of the railway system in South Africa.

Mashaba visited the collapsed Greenview train station today, which is based between Mabopane and Tshwane in Pretoria.

“Rebuilding a collapsed and dysfunctional rail network can bring prosperity to the South African economy. Railway system faced vandalism and theft during lockdown. Kliptown train station in Soweto got stripped of corrugated iron, lightboxes and rail tracks. Germiston train station in Ekurhuleni does not have window panes, guard rails and water taps.  The line between Mabopane and Tshwane is the busiest in the country. Deterioration and disrepair of the railway system have affected transportation of commuters to work and school”, he said.

Mashaba said at Greenview train station criminals have stolen roofs, aluminum windows, door frames, steel, rail tracks and trimmings. He said train stations across South Africa have been gutted by criminals and there is disrepair.

“We believe that restoration of the rail network can have a positive impact on stabilisation of the country’s economy. Security should be strengthened at stations to avoid looting, vandalism and cable theft. Maintenance should also be prioritised. Other South Africans rely on trains to earn a living. We engaged Mamelodi residents to hear their experiences after the dysfunctional rail system. Some residents said they spend half of their salaries on transport when going to work”, said Mashaba.  

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