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Mabopane Railway station is set to be reopened by the end of November, this comes after the train station was vandalised and railway infrastructure was looted early this year. The railway is nearing repairs completion, however the Transport Agency has announced that the services will be limited as massive damage and theft was done to the train station. The damage was led by the theft of cables, wiring, railway sleepers and vandalism of substations.

Professor Jackie, the director for Transport and Logistics said that “As the train station is scheduled to reopen this month. The railway services will be strictly limited and other issues such as infrastructurewilll be repaired along the way” The professor highlighted that commuters will have to wait longer to get full services as massive damage was done to the train railway station.

The minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalule said that “ The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa will deploy 5000 security guards. PRASA has put in place a detailed Recovery plan to rehabilitate and repair the stolen infrastructure” The minister said there will be concrete walls that will be built to improve security.”

“This walls are set to minimise the risk of theft and are a vandal proof. This walls will be additional security measures” he added. Josephine Mehlape, one of the street vendors said that “ It would be very much better if the train station could operate again because some of us depend on it to make money, if there is no people coming to the station, there is no business of which it makes it difficult for us to feed our families.

”Themba Lekganyane, one of the residents said that “The closing of the train station has badly affected us in terms of transport as we were used to it. Many of Mabopane residents prefer using train to go to work because it’s more efficient in terms of being faster and cheaper. I would be very much happy if they could reopen it.”

By: Mbali Mabena

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