Metrorail led by weaklings

2018-06-21 06:00

We would like to share our utmost disappointment with Metrorail’s decision to close down part of the Central line, which is between Chris Hani and Philippi stations­.

The SMS says: “Chris Hani Line temporarily closed, adverse weather conditions. Chris Hani trains terminated in Philippi due to high water levels close to the rail tracks between Nonkqubela and Nolungile.

“Regrettably, Metrorail has no buses available. Commuters are advised to make use of own alternative transport between Philippi and Chris Hani.”

This SMS is an insult to us as the commuters in the affected areas; it really shows poor leadership from Metrorail, where this should have been prevented a long time ago.

Technology has improved a lot, you can be able to see three months weather forecast. Are we to believe that as organization, Metrorail really cares about people who are living in these areas? They should have taken precautions to prevent this from happening.

Secondly, last year, as an organization, we took pictures of affected areas between Nolungile and Nonkqubela, where there were sewage spills from Nolungile and we sent that to a Central Line customer manager who promised to do something and he did anything but stop the sewer spills, which we felt was not enough, because that area needs to be cleared completely of the vegetation.

We ask ourself how are they doing patrols along the railway track, as this shows that if they were serous about the patrols to prevent cable theft, that area was supposed to have been cleared long ago. The above scenarios are examples of poor management, which lacks foresight to prevent incidents of this nature before they could happen.

Late last year the Central line was closed for about six months after an act of vandalism.


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