The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has initiated a recruitment drive to find 3 100 more security guards to protect rail infrastructure. The Agency believes that insourcing security guards will create a safer environment for its infrastructure and also create new job opportunities.

Speaking to IOL, Prasa administrator Bongisizwe Mpondo said, creating the job opportunities would also give the Agency greater control of the protection of its network and assets.

“We have a responsibility to do all we can to protect the public infrastructure as acts of vandalism and theft become worse,” Mpondo said.

According to Mpondo, the Agency will also give preference to qualifying individuals that reside in the communities situated near Prasa’s rail network. He also added that Prasa has a duty as a state-owned company to provide jobs where it can to citizens, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mpondo says his plan is in line with Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula’s nine-point mandate, which was announced when he took over as Prasa’s administrator in December 2019.

“Security-related incidents continue to escalate unabated. Cable theft, the burning of trains, general disturbance of order and vandalising of Prasa property has become the order of the day,” Mbalula said. “The insourcing of security at Prasa is a critical element. I welcome these developments as it is a step on many steps already taken towards addressing the agency’s most pressing challenges.”

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