In October 2020 during a joint sitting of the South African Parliament, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Operation Vulindlela (a Xhosa word to "Open the Way") to support the implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan, by accelerating priority structural reforms to revive the country’s economy. Implemented as a joint initiative of the Presidency and National Treasury, Operation Vulindlela, targets four network industries i.e., energy, digital communications, water and transport.
Four research initiatives were identified to transform the rail sector:
- development of a Road-to-rail strategy for South Africa
- development of new model for Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)
- development of track access tariff regime for the new Single Transport Economic Regulator (STER)
- formulation of a high-level long-term plan for the sequenced, phased and feasibility-based development of a modern standard gauge national rail backbone
Guide: How to sell railway solutions in South Africa
The guide aims to give insights how to approach the already planned projects in the rail sector through tenders but also through a listing of various industry players that might be interested in Swiss and Liechtenstein products and services.
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