The transfer of human skills and technological know-how in the building of trains for a modern era is an integral part of the PRASA contract – a commitment that Gibela has endorsed wholeheartedly.
The company's South African operations which entail train manufacturing and maintenance and support depend on advanced technical skills. And building these skills has necessitated further training in world-class train design and manufacturing as well as professional services skills for all who join the company. It is a demanding task, calling for commitment and imagination. But these are qualities that motivate people, particularly those attracted to a world-class, technologically-advanced project that will contribute to improving the lives of the country's burgeoning urban populations through the provision of a timeous and dignified means to commute to and from places of work and social endeavor.
Currently, more than 900 people are directly employed by Gibela; the number will rise to more than 1 500 once the factory is at the peak of production.