Hundreds of Gibela employees gathered today to give a rousing send-off to the first South African-built X’trapolis Mega commuter train.

The first new commuter train to be built in South Africa in more than 40 years is undergoing final testing at Gibela’s new R1 billion train manufacturing plant at Dunnottar in Ekurhuleni, ahead of being handed over before the end of 2018 to the customer, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), for Metrorail.

Gibela, the Alstom-led BEE train manufacturing joint venture, today hosted the President of South Africa, His Excellency Cyril Ramaphosa for the official opening of its flagship train manufacturing plant in Ekurhuleni, the first of its kind on the continent. This is the site where 580 modern commuter trains will be built – by South Africans for South Africa.

Dunnottar-based train manufacturer Gibela has hosted a Local Business Orientation Day, the primary objective of which was to give entrepreneurs in communities closest to the company’s factory insights into how it operates and what opportunities exist to work together.

Ekurhuleni-based train manufacturer Gibela has publicly renewed its commitment to Make A Difference in the communities neighbouring its Dunnottar factory at an event at Mom Sebone Secondary School in Duduza.

I wish to acknowledge the MMC of Finance in Ekurhuleni and his delegation, members of the school governing body, councillor and ward committee members.