subscribe Support our award-winning journalism. The Premium package (digital only) is R30 for the first month and thereafter you pay R129 p/m now ad-free for all subscribers.
Subscribe now
Picture: ANDRE KRITZINGER
Picture: ANDRE KRITZINGER

The Passenger Rail Agency SA (Prasa) and Metrorail Western Cape recently uploaded a video to social media showing their teams working to reinstate the Central Line in Cape Town.

Shot from a moving train between Langa and Nyanga — remarkable in and of itself — it showed teams actively at work testing, clearing and rebuilding the line in preparation for its reopening. As the train goes past, school children cheer, people clap and take photos on their phones. It’s beautiful.

Now this is the point where I could focus on why this has taken so long and offer critiques or my own ideas. But that’s not what I’m going to do. Sincerely, I say congratulations to Prasa and transport minister Sindisiwe Chikunga. I look forward to making further progress together with our colleagues at the City of Cape Town.

The Central Line is Cape Town’s aorta and the three-year blockage has been life-threatening. If we aren’t all prepared to work together and forsake political egos nothing will ever move forward.

The trains are finally doing just that. Moving forward.

Ricardo Mackenzie

Mobility MEC, Western Cape

JOIN THE DISCUSSION: Send us an email with your comments to letters@businesslive.co.za. Letters of more than 300 words will be edited for length. Anonymous correspondence will not be published. Writers should include a daytime telephone number.

subscribe Support our award-winning journalism. The Premium package (digital only) is R30 for the first month and thereafter you pay R129 p/m now ad-free for all subscribers.
Subscribe now

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.