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Internationals bid for PRASA tender

Railway companies from all over the world have bid for the tender to replace Metrorail.

Metrorail. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Train manufacturers have a few days left to submit their bids for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa's (PRASA) multi-billion rand tender to replace Metrorail's aging fleet over a 10 year period.

The successful bidder is likely to be announced, next month.

PRASA's Piet Sebola on Tuesday said all proposals must be handed in no later than Sunday afternoon.

"Manufacturers around the world have been invited to for this particular bid. They have to tell us what type of train they can bring to us. Of course, they must also commit to constructing a South African factory that will be up and operational by 2016."

Sebola said the cream of the crop are bidding for the first ten year contract.

"All the international railway manufacturers are here, that I can confirm. These are the best in the world, whether you go to Asia or Europe. They are all here, bidding for this particular tender."