Thursday, September 24, 2020


The total network of South African is about 36,000 km which Government is owned. Some small portions of rail system have recently been privatised. There are some luxury trains in South African and one of the most notable trains is known as the Blue Train. The train runs between Cape Town to Johannesburg. A high-speed rail network has been proposed between Johannesburg and Durban but the work is yet to begin. The country has one of the best networks in the world. 

During the 1980s, the transport industry was reorganised. Instead of being a direct government agency, it was modelled along business lines into a government-owned corporation called Transnet. Transnet Freight Rail (until recently known as Spoornet) is the division of Transnet that runs the rail system. Though there are no plans to end government-ownership of the national rail network, some small portions of the rail system have recently been privatised 

The South African government has announced plans to spend almost $60 billion by 2027 on rail infrastructure in an effort to boost domestic and regional trade, and PRASA will also upgrade rail tracks, stations and depots. 

On 23 December 2008 the SARCC was renamed the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), and in subsequent months other assets were transferred to PRASA. PRASA was officially launched in March 2009 and combined the assets of Metrorail, Shosholoza Meyl, Autopax and Intersite Property Management Services under this new organisation


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