Make a difference

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Make a difference

Gibela is bringing a new age of rail transport to South Africa.

Who we are

We were established as a consortium between Alstom, Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail, and have been tasked by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to replace its old metro fleet with modern trains. Over 10 years, we will deliver 580 modern commuter passenger trains into the South African rail network.

How we make a difference

Gibela has made a public commitment to making a difference to the communities surrounding our Dunnottar factory in Ekurhuleni. This commitment is part of our Make A Difference campaign, which brings together projects that are primarily focused on education, social and skills development.

“Education is a great enabler in shaping young people as active global citizens who will put South Africa on the map,” says Gibela’s economic development director, Dr Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani. “This can only be achieved when they are given tools to solve problems, innovate, develop new products and make new discoveries. We are therefore creating awareness about careers in science, technology, engineering and maths to prepare learners to adapt to skills relevant in the modern workplace.”

Gibela has put a number of socio-economic projects in place to make this a reality. These range from early childhood development and educational support programmes to the bursaries, internships and apprenticeships we provide to young people interested in working in our industry.

In everything we do, we strive to make a difference in South Africa every day.

Assisting old age homes

On 1 April 2019, Gibela contributed more than R170 000 worth of new furniture and bed linen to help make life a little more comfortable for 31 residents of the Tsakane Old Age Home in Tsakane, Ekurhuleni.

This followed an appeal for assistance Gibela received in February that year from the home’s manager, Phoko Mokubung.

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Gibela celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy

Every year, on 18 July, Mandela Day, Gibela reaffirms its commitment to making a positive difference to the future of South Africa. In particular, we share Nelson Mandela’s views on the importance of caring for South Africa’s children, and have focused our attention on programmes that help children to learn and succeed.

The Itshudu Community Project was established in 2019 to take care of vulnerable community members in KwaThema and Daggafontein, Ekurhuleni.

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Donating groceries

Donating laptops to community based organisations

School shoes and hygienic packs

When Gibela moved its central offices to Dunnattor, Ekurhuleni, it saw the need to work with the communities in the area, including Duduza, Tsakane, KwaThema and Alra Park.

This is part of Gibela’s ongoing Make A Difference campaign, which brings together projects that are primarily focused on education, social and skills development.