In just a few years, Gibela has progressed from signatures on a contract to become both engine for the replacement of South Africa’s ageing fleet of commuter trains and bedrock for the re-establishment of the country’s rail manufacturing industry.
A black economic empowerment (BEE) consortium comprising Alstom, Ubumbano Rail and New Africa Rail, Gibela was awarded a R53 billion contract in 2013 by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, representing the South African Government, to build 600 new trains for the country’s urban rail commuters.
Today, state-of-the-art X’trapolis MEGA commuter trains are rolling off the production line at Gibela’s R1 billion bespoke factory in South Africa’s metropolis of Ekurhuleni for deployment by PRASA into South Africa’s urban rail network.
In fulfilment of contractual obligations to PRASA, Gibela is training thousands of historically disadvantaged South Africans – many of them women – in new skills both for its own needs and those of the rail sector as a whole; drawing scores of South African companies, many of them BEE start-ups, into its supply chain; and improving the lives of people in its neighbouring communities.
Gibela will generate 1,500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period.
Vision and values
Our vision is to lead the revitalisation of the South African railway sector and become a catalyst in PRASA’s endeavours to elevate commuter rail as a transport mode of choice for all people in urban areas.
Our values are critical to the success of Gibela. They define the way we work and operate as a company.