First cutting-edge South African commuter train takes shape

Gibela and PRASA executives are leading a visit by SA media to Alstom Transport's train-assembly plant in Lapa, Brazil to show progress on the building of the first of 600 new commuter trains for PRASA.

South Africans have a right to be sceptical. All too frequently they and their country have been short changed in promised skills or technology transfers. Perhaps they have expected too much.

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium was awarded a R51 billion contract for the replacement of South Africa's outdated metro rail rolling stock. A debate hosted by Bruce Whitfield, South Africa on Track puts the spotlight on the project leaders and government, dissecting the sustainability of the project, the challenges and the future of rail passenger transport in South Africa. Watch the CNBC debate.

12 team players on track

Gibela1, the South African rail company being officially launched today at a series of functions in Johannesburg, will train and upskill thousands of local people in various rail industry skills as part of the government's broader vision to revitalise the country's once proud local industry.

Gibela1, the South African rail company launched today, is committed to fulfilling the local content requirements for the rolling stock project commissioned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA).

Gibela Rail Transport Consortium RF (Pty) Ltd (Gibela)1, the new, empowered South African rail company poised to revitalise both the country's commuter rail network and its century-old train-building capacity, launches itself to key South African stakeholders in a series of information-sharing events in Johannesburg today.

Watch the CNBC panel discussion, South Africa on Track: The future and challenges of rail passenger transport, to find out more about the launch of Gibela. The discussion will be broadcast at 14h00 CAT on CNBC Africa.

The project achieves its first milestone and now advances at full speed towards the manufacture of the vehicles

The final design of the new X'Trapolis MEGA commuter train to be delivered by Gibela to PRASA was unveiled today during Africa Rail, Africa's leading transport & infrastructure show.

A new, empowered South African company, Gibela (Pty) Limited (Gibela) introduced itself today to the country's media. Gibela is charged with supplying 600 cutting-edge commuter trains for South Africans over a 10-year period. The trains will be manufactured at a new purpose-built facility in South Africa, staffed by South Africans.

PRASA and Gibela conclude financial close of contract for the supply of commuter trains

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Gibela Rail Transportation [1] have concluded the commercial close of the contract signed on the 14 October 2013 for the supply of 600 commuter trains (3,600 coaches) over the next 10 years.