National Rail Policy White Paper: Minister to Engage Rail Stakeholders

The White Paper was gazetted on 12th May 2022 for implementation and is accessible to the South African public.

Transport Minister, Mr. Fikile Mbalula will, on Thursday, 02nd  June 2022 engage rail stakeholders and the business sector on the National Rail Policy White Paper, which was recently approved by cabinet.

Following approval of the National White Paper by Cabinet, Minister Mbalula first engaged with the media regarding the policy’s significance and relevance to the rail sector and the critical role it has in economy of the country. The stakeholder engagement session will focus on the practical steps for the implementation of key policy thrusts. 

The National Rail Policy, which plays a pivotal role in advancing the rail sector was developed through extensive consultation with key rail experts and stakeholders. The policy seeks to address the challenges faced by and position the rail sector as the backbone of South Africa’s national land transport. The White Paper was gazetted on 12th May 2022 for implementation and is accessible to the South African public.

Minister Mbalula will be joined during the stakeholder session by the Minister of Public Enterprises Mr Pravin Gordhan, CEOs and leadership of the Department’s rail State Owned Entities – the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR); the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA); Transnet Freight Rail (TFR); the Gautrain, together with rail experts, specialists and key stakeholders. 

Members of the media are invited to the National Rail Policy White Paper stakeholder engagement session as follows: 

Date:            Thursday, 02 June 2022 
Time:            10h00
Venue:          PRASA Rhodesfield Station, Kempton Park
Members of the media attending the event are requested to confirm attendance with Esethu Hasane on 071 259 2442 / hasanee@dot.gov.za or Tshegofatso Maake on 063 281 9453 / maaket@dot.gov.za. 

ISSUED BY: National Department of Transport 

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