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South Africa: Government Committed to Providing Reliable Transport Services
Source: www.sanews.gov.za
Source Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: South Africa
Created: Jan 11, 2018

On Tuesday, two Metrorail trains collided at Geldenhuis station. More than 200 passengers were injured, with 67 sustaining moderate injuries and 159 sustaining minor injuries. 
Emergency services gave the injured the necessary medical care onsite and transferred them to various hospitals in Gauteng.
The Passenger Rail Association of South Africa (Prasa) restored rail operations following the removal of both the affected trains and the fixing of the damaged perway.
The affected Springs line has been cleared for operation and services resumed on Wednesday morning. Minister Maswanganyi has apologised for any inconvenience caused to passengers, their families and business as a result of this occurrence.
Minister Maswanganyi thanked emergency services, doctors and nurses who attended to the injured. The majority have since been release from various hospitals.
The Minister also thanked commuters for their patience while services were restored to normality on the affected Springs line.
Cape Town shooting
Meanwhile, Minister Maswanganyi has condemned the shooting of a Metrorail security guard at the Khayelitsha train station in Cape Town on Tuesday evening.
Prasa is working together with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to arrest the perpetrators of this crime.
In the interest of commuter and employee safety, train services are currently suspended until police clearance is granted to resume operations.
Minister Maswanganyi has conveyed his condolences to the family, friends and relatives of the deceased guard.
Metrorail customers are encouraged to listen to public address announcements at stations, to consult Metrorail's passenger information channels and their phones, if registered to receive short message alerts and to share the information with fellow commuters on the developments throughout the day. 

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