Pioneering Research in the Railcar Manufacturing Value Chain
RMCERI is a full-fledged incubator hosted by Tshwane University of Technology and supported by Gibela Rail Consortium (Pty) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency, which is an agency of the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD).
The Department of Small Business Developmet (DSBD) in South Africa is responsible for development of Small Business in the country and the management of the country’s relatively well-developed small buiness ecosystem. One of the key objectives of DSBD is to: Facilitate the development and growth of small businesses and cooperatives to contribute to inclusive and shared economic growth and job creation through public and private sector procurement. The Collaboration will also facilitate partnerships with all spheres of government as well as the private sector to ensure coopration that will benefit small businesses and cooperatives. Further, the goal is to advocate for a conducive regulatory environment for small businesses and cooperatives to enable access to finance, investment, trade equitable and market access in a sustainable manner. it is understood that this effort will facilitate radical economic transformation through increased participation of small buinesses and cooperatives in the mainstream economy.
The Future of Rail Manufacturing
About Gibela Rail Consortium
Gibela was formed as a consortium to replace South Africa’s outdated rolling stock and will deliver 600 state-of-the art passenger trains into the South African rail network over the next 10 years. Fully empowered, Gibela is conscious of its role as a catalyst for economic development and the creation of new skills through its majority shareholder, Alstom. In a contract signed in 2013, the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) assigned Gibela the task of replacing its rolling stock with new trains.
Gibela is headquartered in Johannesburg, while its manufacturing and training facility is located in Dunnottar, Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Through the rolling stock project, Gibela will generate 1 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect jobs through the supply chain over a 10-year period. Thousands of people – engineers, artisans, technicians, train drivers and technologists – will benefit from training and upskilling.