Company Profile: Gibela Rail Transport Consortium - Business Media MAGS


Company Profile: Gibela Rail Transport Consortium

Formed in 2013 as a black economic empowerment company, the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium comprises of French rail company Alstom and South Africa’s Ubumbano Rail.

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.

Dr Buyiswa Mncono-Liwani, Corporate Services Executive at Gibela

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.

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