Media releases

Our mega footprint on South Africa’s rail industrialisation

Johannesburg, South Africa: Tuesday, 13 June 2017. For Gibela, our contribution to South Africa's rail industrialisation involves the bringing together of people and processes to make products that, together, will result in the first new commuter passenger trains to be built on South African soil in more than 40 years.


And not just any commuter passenger trains. These are X'trapolis Megas – state-of-the-art commuter trains that compare with the best in commuter rail transport internationally. Twenty have already been built at Lapa in Brazil using South African raw materials and South African-made components, and involving South African workers; 580 more will be built over the next 10 years at a custom-built factory in Ekurhuleni, South Africa.