Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has inspected several sites belonging to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA), ahead of the gradual resumption of train operations.

On Tuesday Mbalula was accompanied by PRASA Administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo and PRASA Rail CEO Nosipho Damasane as they inspected the Wolmerton Depot, Pienaarspoort Station and Pretoria Station.

The minister said more work needed to be done as trains are expected to start operating on 1 July 2020.

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“The outbreak of COVID-19 has interrupted the momentum that we had gained as we worked to repair PRASA. In dealing with the Corona Virus, PRASA was forced to halt operations, thus losing revenue.

"Infrastructure upgrades and rolling stock refreshments were also suspended under the initial lockdown regulations,” he said.

Mbalula said vandalism and theft was their major concern ahead of the gradual resumption.

“To make matters worse, vandalism continued to plague the train sets and stations, further setting the entity back. As we gradually reopen services, we are mindful of the tremendous work that lies ahead.

"We welcome the limited resumption of services but we are also aware of the mammoth task that lies ahead,” he added.