Preparations for the procurement of new rolling stock is already under way by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa.
The acquisition programme, valued at R136 billion, means that PRASA will now be embarking on a Local Supplier Market Survey to ‘measure the strength and capacity of the local industry in fulfilling the 65% localisation minimum target by all qualifying tender bids’.
Lucky Montana, PRASA Group CEO, said:
“The Local Supplier Market Survey will seek to get feedback from the South African market on their technical capabilities allowing rolling stock manufacturers from other countries access into invaluable information on how best to structure their partnerships with South African companies in respect to Government’s minimum 65% localisation target, job creation and skills development imperatives.”
Rolling Stock Manufacturers (RSM) will be invited to give feedback on the Local Content Document and to assist PRASA in shaping the Request for Proposal (RFP) document by March 2012.