Aberdare Cables, an international power cable manufacturer, has launched a new production line, specifically designed to manufacture locomotive cables for the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) and Transnet.
Supported by the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI,) the line has been launched within Aberdare’s existing plant in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal.
Nomfuneko Majaja, Chief Director: Advanced Manufacturing, said this investment was especially significant because it supported the National Development Plan’s (NDP) priorities in job creation and a clear focus on creating locally made products that support the revitalisation as well as upgrading of South Africa’s critical rail infrastructure and services.”
These national locomotive and rails projects will, in their entirety, equate to a value of around R100bn over a ten year period.
Currently, South Africa has one of the largest wholesale renewal and general overhaul rail programmes in Africa, and serves as a strong manufacturing hub for rolling stock.
Aberdare Cables has invested R 20m into the expansion of its plants in Pietermaritzburg and Gauteng in order to enhance production, create additional jobs and drive skills development within the crucial economic sector.
“We are committed to partnering with all stakeholders, public and private, to ensure that South Africa remains self-sufficient in the manufacturing of electrical cables essential to the maintenance, development and expansion of critical transport infrastructures,” said Keith Edmond, Chief Executive Officer of Aberdare Cables.