Prasa to reintroduce controversial Afro 4000 locomotives declared ‘too tall’ for SA infrastructure

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Only 13 locomotives had been delivered by June 2015 and seven of them have since been auctioned to recover money for Prasa as part of the liquidation of Swifambo. Picture: Gallo Images / Beeld / Alet Pretorius
Only 13 locomotives had been delivered by June 2015 and seven of them have since been auctioned to recover money for Prasa as part of the liquidation of Swifambo. Picture: Gallo Images / Beeld / Alet Pretorius

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The Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) is pushing to reintroduce the dubiously-procured locomotives and has even more of the Afro 4000 units, which were found to be too tall for parts of the local railway network, shipped into South Africa.

This, according to Prasa, will lessen its losses in the 2013 procurement deal that went wrong. The agency believes getting locomotives from those involved in the procurement deal, that has since been set aside by the court amid tender irregularities, will secure it some value for money.

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