The chairperson of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa)’s board, Leonard Ramatlakane said that the Cape Town central line would be fully operational by the end of the year.
Service on the Central line was suspended in October 2019.
Since then the Siyahlala informal settlement has spread close to the railway lines.
The informal settlement was established in 2016 on PRASA land, a few minutes’ walk from Langa train station.
Initially, shacks were set up around an old railway line, but the settlement grew and eventually encroached on the Central Line.
A community leader told Ground Up that there are about 5,500 households now.
Leonard Ramatlakane said that it was critical to get trains running again on the line.
“We want by the end of this year the major line to be up and running. We’re getting into the fixing of it, we now have a limited service from Cape Town to Langa, And then from Langa going down to the squatting – there’s about 8,000 people squatting on the line,” Leonard Ramatlakane said.