The Wolmerton North Gauteng Depot in Pretoria has been operational for some time. There are a number of functions to support new trains already in service in the province: 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. 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). A Section 54 agreement also includes a technical assistance and replacement agreement for 377-series vehicles, which also expires on March 7, 2022. Since an operator typically takes a TSSSA to support the maintenance of rolling stock, it is customary for the operator (and unlike a TSA, not the supplier) to maintain the rolling stock in accordance with applicable laws and standards, vehicle manuals and an agreed maintenance plan. 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). 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. Approximately 150 people are already employed full-time in the operational components of the TSSSA, more than half of whom are women. In this part of the company, as in gibela, this part of the company ensures the training and development of employees. TBTC Technical Support and Spares Supply Agreement between Thales Ground Transportation Limited and Tube Lines Limited from February 18, 2017 4.
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