This was confirmed by the agency, citing tough economic conditions in the business.
According to the press statement:”PRASA Rail’s long distance train operator, the Mainline Passenger Services (MLPS- Shosholoza Mely and Premier Classe) has been carrying the financial strain of running certain corridors that proved to be costly to maintain and, in responding to the national call to tighten finances, a business decision was taken to assess current operations with a view of achieving maximum production and offering more reliable and affordable services.”
The agency further claims that, MLPS was not performing well and that cost coverage was less than 20%.
PRASA, however maintains that, these are not permanent changes but measures intended to reduce costs by restructuring operations.
On a lighter note, the agency has reiterated that, they apologise unreservedly to the public for inconvenience caused.
Details on affected routes were not released.