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    Take a tour of our factory

    Gibela’s manufacturing site in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, is at the cutting edge of train production and a critical hub of engineering and manufacturing excellence.

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    Take a tour of our factory

    Gibela’s manufacturing site in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, is at the cutting edge of train production and a critical hub of engineering and manufacturing excellence.

Welcome to Gibela

Gibela is a black economic empowerment (BEE) rail transport consortium comprising of Alstom and uBumbano Rail. It was established in 2013, as a ring-fenced company for the execution of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (Prasa) rolling-stock fleet-renewal programme. This contract is meant to deliver 600 trainsets to PRASA and provide technical support and related services.

Journey with us

Gibela’s mandate is to elevate South Africa’s commuter rail as the transport mode of choice. We are working hard to ensure that we revitalise the country’s rail sector, while driving inclusive economic growth and uplifting communities.

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Quote from the CEO


"At Gibela, we don't just see ourselves as a train manufacturer; we are the architects of a new era in South Africa's rail sector, where innovation meets tradition to transform how people move and businesses thrive. With our trains, we give dignity and hope to the people."

Reggie Boqo, Gibela Acting CEO

Our commitment to QUALITY

Gibela’s commitment to quality is aligned to its business objectives and driven by the commitment to:

  • Delivering quality trains on schedule
  • Creating a robust operating environment for both rolling stock and service activities
  • Supporting PRASA in service operations as per contractual commitments at regional level
  • Achieving our localisation plan on jobs, economic development, supplier efficiency, competitiveness as well as local content

Our values

Our values guide our everyday behaviour and every choice we make in the process of achieving our objectives. Our vision is to lead the revitalisation of South Africa’s railway sector. Gibela’s management has made a promise to lead the way in living these values.

Latest News & Media

Read all about our latest news and developments here.

11 Jul 2022

Prasa launches 100 new locally manufactured trains

The transport department and the parastatal unveiled the 100th locomotive set, which is produced locally by the Gibela Consortium.

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Applications open for 13 Gibela-sponsored training programmes

Unemployed South Africans in KwaThema, Tsakane, Duduza and the immediate surrounding areas in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, are invited to apply for a number of technical and business skills training opportunities provided by the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium

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Committed to the social and economic success of Ekurhuleni

Train manufacturer Gibela is deeply committed to ensuring South Africa’s socio-economic success, and particularly to set the seal on the economic and social advancement of the communities nearby its main plant, in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng.

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Make a difference

Join us here to find out how our work contributes to the economic development of the communities near our facilities, and to South Africa as a whole.

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Fact sheets

Click here to access our fact sheets with information about our journey so far.


Gibela’s focus on quality

Gibela’s efforts to change the railway sector by producing world-class trains

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Delivering on our mandate

We are rolling out state-of-the-art X’trapolis Mega commuter trains as per our contractual obligations to PRASA.


First proudly South African trains

The X’Trapolis Mega is a South African first.

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Gibela bursaries

This year, Gibela has bursaries available for South African university students and for those studying at technical and vocational education and training (TVET) colleges. The bursary is granted for one year, renewable on an annual basis, and is awarded based on academic performance. Current first- and second-year candidates are encouraged to apply.