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The Project

Gibela has been awarded the rolling stock contract to build and deliver 600 trains, made up of 3 600 coaches, to South Africa’s metro rail networks.

Overview of the project

Gibela will also supply spare parts and provide maintenance and technical support on the coaches over a period spanning 19 years. The Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement (TSSSA) has a national footprint, with facilities in south and north Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban and the Eastern Cape.

Our trains

The X’Trapolis Mega is a South African first.

These state-of-the-art trains have been developed to accommodate South Africa’s 1.067m gauge rail tracks. The X’trapolis Megas – each 131m long and weighing 220 tonnes – are already in service in some parts of the country.

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Technical support and spares supply agreement

In addition to its contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa for the supply of 600 new commuter trains over a 10 year period, Gibela has a 19-year technical support and spares supply agreement (TSSSA) with the agency.

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The factory

Gibela’s R1-billion combined manufacturing facility and corporate office occupy a site covering more than 70 hectares in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, 50km east of Johannesburg.

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Manufacturing and testing

Gibela has implemented a lean manufacturing process – essentially minimising wastage – and applied cutting-edge technologies – many of them firsts in the global rail industry.

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Our progress

More than a million kilometres of cumulative mileage have been reached since the start of the trains’ commercial operations in Pretoria North.