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SA govt to resume passenger train service between Johannesburg and Musina

JOHANNESBURG, February 23 – The state-owned Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is due to resume a long distance train service between Johannesburg and Musina near the border with Zimbabwe due to popular demand by commuters, the department of transport said on Friday.

Transport minister Joe Maswanganyi and acting Prasa CEO Cromet Molepo were due to officially launch the train services at the Johannesburg Park Station later on Friday, the department said in a statement.

The service, which was withdrawn in 2014 as Prasa rationalised train services, will run a train stopping at tops at intermediate stations such as Germiston, Pretoria, Hammanskraal, Bela Bela, Mokgophong, Mokopane, Polokwane, Soekmekaar and Makhado on the way to Musina, a journey expected to last 10 hours.

The transport department said it expected Zimbabweans to use the service after crossing the border between the two countries.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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