The Collapse of Our Railways Must Be Reversed to Build an Inclusive, Prosperous Economy
29 April 2021
This morning, ActionSA has visited Greenview Train Station in Tshwane to witness first-hand the collapse of our rail infrastructure, and the general deterioration of the broader infrastructure network in the City.
Our rail network, once an effective means of commuter transportation and freight service, has fallen into disrepair and become dysfunctional at the hands of PRASA and the ANC government. This not only hurts our economy, but impacts directly on the ability of commuters to reach their places of work or education. This must change.
The project to build Greenview Train Station commenced in 2011 by PRASA. Ten years and R102 million later, the station is little more than brick and mortar. The roof, aluminium windows, door frames, steel, rail tracks and other trimmings have been stolen by criminals due to lack of security and proper maintenance. What is left is a dysfunctional shell.
Unfortunately, the story of Greenview Station is not an isolated case. Across South Africa, formerly functional train stations have followed the way of Greenview, having either been gutted by criminals or fallen into disrepair.