President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled the new Metrorail trains at Cape Town Station on Tuesday.
During his visit, the President viewed two new trains that were manufactured locally and which will be deployed on upgraded infrastructure.
The president was joined by Premier Helen Zille and Transport Minister Blade Nzimande while going on a walkabout inside the new train.
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) in Cape Town briefed the President on the company’s efforts to improve commuter services and to stimulate economic activity and industrialisation through its modernisation programme.
Not so long ago, the President personally experienced commuter frustration and technical problems while on a train between Mabopane and Bosman stations in Pretoria.
During an engagement with commuters, the train on which the President was travelling broke down, turning a 45-minute journey into a three-hour delay.