Company Profile: Gibela Rail Transport Consortium
Gibela’s R51-billion contract with the South African government to manufacture 600 trains for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa). The scope of the contract includes train maintenance, technical support and the manufacture and supply of spare parts.
Today, state-of-the-art X’trapolis MEGA commuter trains are rolling off the production line at Gibela’s bespoke R1-billion factory in South Africa’s Ekurhuleni metropolis.
In fulfilment of contractual obligations to Prasa, Gibela is training thousands of historically disadvantaged South Africans, mainly women – in technical skills for both Gibela and the manufacturing industry at large. Gibela continuously draws scores of South African companies, many of them black-owned start-ups, into its supply chain and works to improve the lives of people in its neighbouring communities.
Gibela will generate 1 500 direct jobs at peak of the project and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period.