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Train delays bad for business

Cape Chamber of Commerce says constant train delays set a bad precedent for business.

The Cape Chamber of Commerce says constant train delays set a bad precedent for business opportunities. Picture: Regan Thaw/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said on Monday constant delays in passenger train services are not good for business.

Metrorail's train schedules are regularly delayed, mainly due to cable theft and vandalism.

This results in many people getting to work late and absenteeism.

The Chamber's Fred Jacobs said the delays have a knock on effect.

"It doesn't create a positive image of the private sector in the Western Cape to the outside world because when foreign investors see this sort of thing happening it doesn't all go well for future investment opportunities."

However, Metrorail said it is slowly managing to curb cable theft on its railway lines.

Metrorail's Mthuthuzeli Swartz said, "Last year we had R4.9 million expenditure as a result of various incidents of vandalism and this year we're only sitting at about R1.8 million so far."