Question NW1021 to the Minister of Transport

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26 June 2020 - NW1021

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Hunsinger, Mr CH to ask the Minister of Transport

(1)Given the financial losses that the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has been experiencing, (a) has a final agreement been reached regarding the number of jobs the agency needs to cut in order to survive financially, (b) what is the breakdown of the job cuts and (c) what number of employees will be affected by the planned job cuts; (2) whether there have been any voluntary retirements in the 2019-20 financial year; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) will he furnish Mr C H H Hunsinger with a breakdown of the number of employees who retired voluntarily and (b) the amount paid out to date?


(1) (a) No final agreement has been reached on the reduction of the headcount at PRASA and PRASA is still in consultation with Organised Labour.

(b) Please refer to (a)

(c) Please refer to (a)

(2) (a) Early retirements are considered as retiring before the age of 63, PRASA had 67 early retirements for 2019/2020 financial year.

Table1 –Early Retirements during 2019/2020 financial year

Early Retiredments


Division/ Subsidiary

No of employees

Autopax (Pty) Ltd




PRASA Technical Division


Shosholoza Meyl




(b) The amount paid out to date for early retirements in the 2019/2020 financial year is R5 730 356.17.

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