Dunnottar train manufacturing plant to be completed by 2017

It will have the capacity to manufacture a total of 580 trains, with testing facilities and a training centre.

FILE: The 72 hectare plant is valued at about R1 billion. Picture: freeimages.com

CAPE TOWN - A train manufacturing plant unveiled in Dunnottar on the East Rand today is expected to be completed by next year.

Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters, and officials from the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa), were present when the 72 hectare plant valued at about R1 billion was revealed.

It will have the capacity to manufacture a total of 580 trains, with testing facilities and a centre to train thousands of people in the rail industry.

Prasa's Victor Dlamini says this is going to set the standard for high quality coaches, all aimed towards growing rail transport.

"The plant itself will be completed by next year. The first 4,000 square metres will be dedicated to a training facility and that's really important to make sure we have the skills for people to build a train."