South Africa’s train stations are not only in a dilapidated state, more than 35% of them have no electricity at all.
This jeopardizes the capacity of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).
Prasa operates 487 train stations, of which 174 have no electricity.
A total of 313 have sufficient power supply.
In Gauteng, almost half of the train stations have no power.
According to Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula, 142 Gauteng stations – 101 in Southern Gauteng and 41 in Northern Gauteng – have no electricity.
Only 63 stations have sufficient electricity in the south of Gauteng, and 27 in the northern parts of the province.
Gauteng has one of the country’s largest railway networks, with more than 200 stations.
These figures are contained in Mbalula’s answer to the written parliamentary question of DA MP Thamsanqa Mabhena on station infrastructure.
In KwaZulu-Natal, only 10 of the 102 stations in the province do not have adequate power supply.
In the Western Cape, which is plagued by arson on trains and vandalism, 109 of the 124 stations have power.
In the Eastern Cape, seven of the 29 stations have no electricity and there is a limited service.