For the purposes of this agreement, Gibela will provide, as the name suggests, a maintenance and technical assistance service as well as spare parts for the new trains. A Section 54 agreement also includes a technical assistance and replacement agreement for 377-series vehicles, which also expires on March 7, 2022. There are currently two contracts with the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela): Manufacture Supply Agreement (MSA) – 600 New Trains, with an order value of R59 billion over 15 years; and – agreement on technical assistance and supply of spare parts (TSSSA) – agreement on the maintenance of new trains over a period of 19 years. Alstom provides services within one in three contractual frameworks. Through a Technical Assistance and Replacement Contract (TSSSA), the operator ensures the availability of the facilities while retaining certain tasks in-house. As part of a basic maintenance contract, Alstom is offering a fully outsourced maintenance operation to help operators achieve their availability targets. In addition, a full maintenance contract requires the customer to fully transfer the technical risk to Alstom as fleet manager, allowing it to focus on its own core business: operating a high-quality rail system. As an alternative to the maintenance of rolling stock by a maintenance service provider in accordance with a rail transport contract (TSA), an operator may choose to maintain the rolling stock himself or to procure the rolling stock that a third party maintains in accordance with an existing maintenance contract. For more information on ASD, please see the practical note: Railway Funding – Rail Agreements.
If the operator chooses to maintain the rolling stock himself, he may require some technical support from the original manufacturer of the rolling stock or from another supplier. Under these conditions, the operator can enter into a Technical Assistance and Replacement Supply Agreement (TSSSA). . In addition to its contract with the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) for the supply of 600 new commuter trains over a 10-year reference, Gibela has entered into a 19-year agreement with the Agency for Technical and Replacement Assistance (TSSSA). This exercise note describes the main provisions of a typical TSSSA. . A TSSSA is generally a two-part agreement between a supplier and the operator and, given the nature of the services to be provided under a TSSSA, the supplier should be the original manufacturer of the rolling stock. The Cape Town depot was commissioned in 2019 with the use of two new trains by PRASA in the parent city. Eight additional trains to Cape Town are expected to be used in the first quarter of 2020 and another 20 in the third quarter. The Durban depot is expected to be operational in time for the use of two trains by PRASA by mid-2020.
Steve Montgomery, Director of The First Track, said: „We have exciting plans for the South Western Rail franchise and these new trains are an important step on the way to a better travel experience for our passengers. We know from listening to passengers and stakeholders that in addition to improving performance, there are additional seating, and we will do so using these state-of-the-art trains. Approximately 150 people are already employed full-time in the operational components of the TSSSA, more than half of whom are women.