The «Meet with Alstom Transport in South Africa» event organized by UBIFRANCE was a great success [fr]
In December 2012, Alstom was designated the preferred bidder for PRASA (Passenger Rail South Africa) tender for €4,4b for the delivery of 3600 passenger cars. This contract was fialised during the French President’s State Visit on October 14th 2013.
In the framework of this major contract, Ubifrance suggested Alstom meet with French companies from the railway sector with the ability to establish in South Africa. After a rigorous selection process, 4 French companies were given the opportunity to meet Alstom Transport in South Africa and to participate in an information seminar as well as personal appointments organized by UBIFRANCE from 21st to 23rd of October 2013.
The highlight of this marathon-like program was the visit of PRASA installations in the company of H.E. Elisabeth BARBIER, Ambassador of France in South Africa.
This visit gave the French delegation the opportunity to see South Africa’s most important railway hub: Park Station. Johannesburg central station is the central focal of the city’s suburban network, but also starting and arrival point for many long distance trains covering the whole country, as for example the mythic Blue Train (luxury train linking Johannesburg and Cape Town in a two-day travel). For a few months, Park Station also became city center station for the users of Gautrain (regional express train) and Réa Vaya (high-level bus network covering Johannesburg’s south part).
Finally, the delegation visited the maintenance depot in Braamfontein. This depot is today providing maintenance to the network’s passenger cars fleet and will manage it for trains delivered by Alstom in 2015/2017. More than €200M will be invested in the depot to this aim.
For more information, please visit Ubifrance’s website.