Transport minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday touted an ambitious national rail policy (NRP) under which the government could grant third-party access to railway lines and conclude the handover of commuter rail services to municipalities.

The NRP is geared at guiding the partnership between state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and private rail businesses but does not amount to privatisation, Mbalula said. “There is no such policy on the table.”..

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