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VIEW FROM THE TOP

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NASREC AND DOORNFONTEIN STATIONS - 2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP

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PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE

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PREVIOUS BEST PRACTISE ALIGHTS OUR THINKING

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NEWS

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PRASA VISION, MISSION & VALUES

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COMPETITIONS & GIGGLES

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VIEW FROM

THE TOP Although this is my first written communication to you, I am pleased to report that after having travelled across the country to address and meet with staff, Intersite is on track and driven to ensure 2010 is a huge success. Mr Cromet Nsizwa Molepo, who has been appointed as CEO from 01 April 2009, will be impressed by the amount of effort and dedication contributed in delivering on Intersite’s mandate. My term ends on 31 March 2009 and as much as I was commissioned to spend just two months, it already feels like a lot longer because of the welcome and hospitality I have received. We are just over a year closer to the 2010 Soccer World Cup and this puts pressure on PRASA in the delivery of its plans for the global event. However, as with all worthwhile operations, this year will not be without its level of challenges – notably the Intersite alignment with the new PRASA strategy, which I assure, will be executed in the smoothest possible way. In short, the focus of this new move is the overall enhancement of commuter experience in the railway environment. For this it is important to transform the old SARCC into a safe, reliable and hygienic provider of rail passenger services that meets passenger demands.

To assist in this goal the decision has been to remove duplications between Metrorail and Intersite and ensure efficiency in the entire station precinct. Metrorail will therefore perform total station management while Intersite will focus on station and property development.

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VIEW FROM

THE TOP We are forever evolving and the long-term strategy is to be efficient enough to be an effective organisation that can provide South Africans in all major integrated mass transport services in the country. For now our key point of focus remain rail commuter services. I, together with the Intersite team, am constantly asking myself how we can succeed in this business. The answer lies in two words – service delivery. People are the power of the business and as for the core of our business; superior performance is one of the single most important business foundations. Expectations exceeded will definitely be rewarded. We want to meet passengers’ needs in terms of speed, safety, convenience, communication, compliance and reliability. This strategy is directly based on the National Passenger Rail Plan, which aims to focus resources on “priority corridors”. Again, our strategy is to provide integrated, efficient transport for the South African public. In this newsletter, my editorial team and I bring you some of the highlights around 2010 projects and focus has been on Nasrec and Doornfontein Stations. We have also shared with you what is being done around the country to ensure rail commuter services are ready for the global event. I know that by keeping the focus on mentioned projects the new CEO can count on your support through this time of exciting change. This is an opportunity for all to meet the challenges ahead with a positive attitude – knowing that the reward will be so much more pleasing once we have accomplished our objectives.

Your Editor: Tumisang Kgaboesele – Acting CEO

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NASREC AND DOORNFONTEIN STATIONS

- 2010

DOORNFONTEIN STATION Ellis Park and Doornfontein stations were subjected to rigorous debate during which it was deliberated which of the two stations should be upgraded to best serve upcoming tournaments (the 2009 Confederations Cup and the 2010 Soccer World Cup). It was decided that Doornfontein would offer the most effective site, since its location would ease the flow of pedestrians residing and visiting the greater Doornfontein area. Its location is also in close proximity to the University of Johannesburg (UJ) from where many of the commuters travel. Construction is underway, working with the challenges that a running station poses the station has trains passing every 20 minutes and this required some unavoidable strategies to be put in place to assist in the flawless continuation of development: - Each line is closed at a select period for construction to take place in a particular section. - All lines are closed from 9pm until 5am, when there is minimum activity.

Since the development started, the station has seen 9 months of accident free construction and progress is evident on the upper level of the station, where 120 metres of the deck has been completed. The lower level is almost finished with two pillars to be inserted and concrete benches to be built. Innovative design elements are incorporated in the station development, especially where level support is called for. For example, no more than 10 pillars support the upper level of the station, and although this might sound unsafe, the pillars have been entrenched 35 metres into the ground to ensure utterly safe support. INTERSITE CHRONICLE March / April 2009

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NASREC AND DOORNFONTEIN STATIONS

- 2010

The design of the station will also incorporate aesthetic elements, such as natural lighting to create an adaptation of the outside surroundings and to increase visibility. Adjacent to the station are buildings earmarked for residential development. AFHCO Property Development will manage this development. This development will cost R450 million and forms part of the station precinct plan. Various security measures will be put in place to ensure safety of patrons and workers. For this reason, ATMs will not be installed in the station, and the ticket office will be strategically placed to most effectively combat cash-in-transit attacks. Station completion is anticipated for 29 May 2009, although completion of the retail section is only anticipated later. This part of the station will not be operationally ready for the Confederations Cup 2009 - which will see at least 42 000 passengers for each match. Following the event, opportunity will be given to a few tenants and controlled informal traders to tender for the retail area.

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NASREC AND DOORNFONTEIN STATIONS

- 2010

NASREC STATION The NASREC Station development will see at least 30 000 commuters pass through the station during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. The expansion of the station will be confined to the parameter limitations between the NASREC Stadium and the adjacent intermodal facility. Uniformity will be created between the station and the stadium by designing the station roof to echo the design of the stadium structure. Careful planning has gone into plans for the intermodal facility that is strategically designed to accommodate the flow of commuters to and from the station. Just like with Doornfontein, precautionary measures have been taken to combat crime. For this reason the ticket office will also be located in a strategically safe position.

Unlike Doornfontien, NASREC is presently not in operation, which aids development operations. The intermodal facility is almost complete with the main construction focus now on the deck of the station. Platforms will remain the same, with minimum refurbishment. After 2010 a residential area will be built adjacent to the station, as part of the precinct plan, and will be developed by the JDA. Retailing opportunities will be granted to tenants and informal traders to trade in the intermodal facility, which will be the only area provided for trade. Station completion is scheduled for July 2009, keeping in mind that the station might not be operational until SARCC has completed the signalling and insertion of more lines. INTERSITE CHRONICLE March / April 2009

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PROJECTS IN

THE PIPELINE The 2010 project structures have been rationalised to ensure project delivery. Projects are fully funded from PTIS (a special grant from Government for Public Transport Infrastructure Investment for 2010). Special attention is given to projects in Gauteng and Eastern Cape for completion for the Confederation Cup in 2009.

Stations in Progress

Costs Estimate

Upgrading of Langlaagte, New Canada and Nasrec stations

R47m

Ellis Park and Doornfontein upgrade development

R77m

Infrastructure - correct interface between platform and trains at Park station

R5m

Nasrec rail service interventions to serve Ellis Park and Soccer City

R137.8m

New Rhodesfield station to integrate with Gautrain Rhodesfield station

R66m

Service improvements at key stations enhanced station operational appearance and service elements. Loftus and Belle Ombre stations

R20m

Upgrade of Reunion station

R6m

Upgrading of Durban Kwamyandu and Kwamashu station

R50m

New Moses Mabhida station (Kings Park). - signalling interventions

R70m

Upgrading of Athlone, Heideveld, Langa stations and build Windermere stations

R60m

Upgrading of Cape Town station

R110m

Crossover bridges, access improvements and correct platform heights countrywide

R150.23m

Passenger communications and information improvements at key stations

R140.23m

Establish railway police facilities countrywide (phases 1 and 2)

R160.46m

Upgrade north end station (Nelson Mandela)

R5m

Upgrades/operational improvements, incl. crowd control, lighting, platform facilities, park and ride facilities at stations, fan festival parks and big screen viewing sites countrywide

R212m

TOTAL:R1316m

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PREVIOUS BEST PRACTISE

ALIGHTS OUR THINKING

The transport programme for the World Cup will ensure the smooth movement of fans, FIFA officials, associates and media. As importantly, a vastly improved public transport system will be secured as one of the legacies for South Africa. The nation does not need to stand back for Germany or previous Soccer World Cup host countries when it comes to transport. “Twenty-Ten” is rightly being uttered across the nation as a magic bullet. Government is using every opportunity to expose the World Cup as a catalyst for a transport overhaul. “For the first time in the history of South Africa, we will have massive investments across all transport systems - passenger rail, taxis, buses and road networks that will form an efficient, affordable and reliable integrated public transport network,” Minister of Transport, Jeff Radebe, said recently.

Although the minister predicts that an additional 60 trains, 600 luxury intercity buses, and 10,000

Deutsche Bahn, the German state-owned railway, said profit almost tripled last year as demand for freight delivery increased and more passengers took trains during the World Cup soccer tournament. Net income increased to 1.7 billion, or $2.27 billion, from about 600 million in 2005, the Berlin-based company said in a statement. Sales rose 20 percent to 30.1 billion. “From a financial perspective, Deutsche Bahn will be ready to have private investors take a stake in 2008,” the chief executive, Hartmut Mehdorn, said at the time, reiterating earlier comments.

minibuses will be needed to transport fans on the busiest days at the World Cup, he adds that the task is manageable. The Gautrain project - a high-speed rail link between the capital Pretoria and the economic hub of Johannesburg - is running slightly behind schedule, but the segment linking Johannesburg's airport with the suburb of Sandton - home to many of the hotels - and the city centre will be ready. The government is also upgrading commuter railways in other cities and setting up networks of high-speed buses. INTERSITE CHRONICLE March / April 2009

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PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT AND MARKETING TEAM

VISIT DOORNFONTEIN AND NASREC STATIONS

NEWS!

On 13 February 2009, Patrick Gombert and his team, together with Makgati Molebatsi and her communications team, went to gather first hand information on the progress of construction at the 2010 Soccer World Cup stations. The objective was to establish the groundwork done thus far. It was exciting to see the amount of commitment and dedication put towards meeting deadlines and the general work completed. Moreover, the stations proved to be user friendly, with special importance lend to having it cater for people with disabilities. In addition, the stations all have future prospects of having commercial development. While going though the project plans of Doornfontein station, Jabulane Sindane (the informative tour guide) mentioned that the building adjacent the station was insured to protect it from the accidents of the shaking effect the drilling created. This is evident to the commitment and professionalism Intersite, together with its contractors exude to see to the success of projects. It is well worth of saying that we do indeed need to celebrate progress and commend all the hard work delivered by Intersite staff. Makgati Molebatsi complements, “Jabulane is one of the committed staff members at Intersite. He is professional, proactive, articulate and passionate in what he does. My team and I enjoyed the trip and had comprehensive information to take back to the office�. INTERSITE CHRONICLE March / April 2009

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DOT: OPERATIONAL STRATEGY 2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP TRANSPORT EVOLVING

NEWS!

The government has allocated R9-billion to the Public Transport Infrastructure and Systems Fund to improve public transport infrastructure. The initial focus will be on projects that support the successful hosting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Department of Transport (DoT) project manager for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, Mathabatha Mokonyama, says the department is working on an operational transport plan, with a lot of focus granted to various stations. Various upgrades and improvement programmes are envisaged for stations in host cities Johannesburg, Tshwane, Durban, Cape Town and Nelson Mandela Bay. Crossover bridges and improved access will be provided throughout all regions and railway police contact points will be established throughout the country. Upgrades and operational improvements, including crowd control, platform facilities, park-and-ride facilities at stations and training venues, fan festival parks and big-screen viewing sites will be provided countrywide. In addition, about 2000 railway coaches will be refurbished by 2010. The DoT is pleased to report that the transport sector is more than prepared to support the 2010 Soccer World Cup. “The focus thus far has been on infrastructure planning and development. From 2007 onwards, the focus shifts to operational plans,� says Mr Mokonyama. Source: http://www.itssa.org/index.php?pid=1281&ct=1&cid=1424

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PRASA

VISION, MISSION AND VALUES

Vision: Enhanced mobility as the gateway to accessible socioeconomic opportunities and a shared future

Mission: Sustainable transport solutions through service excellence, innovation and modal integration

Values: Participation, Communication, Honesty and Integrity, Fairness and Innovation

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YOU COULD BE A WINNER!

COMPETITIONS

There is a programme that the Department of Sports and Recreation, together with the 2010 FIFA Organising Committee have created to bring South Africa up to speed with progress on developments aimed at the global event.

What is the programme called? Please submit your answers, before 18 March 2009, to tebogo.hlapolosa@mslpr.co.za to win fabulous prizes. Please title your response “March/ April 2009 Competition� on the subject field of the e-mail.

GIGGLES EAGER TO IMPRESS THE BOSS A young executive was leaving the office late one evening when he found the CEO standing in front of a shredder with a piece of paper in his hand. "Listen," said the CEO, "this is a very sensitive and important document here and my secretary has gone for the night. Can you make this thing work?" "Certainly," said the young executive. He turned the machine on, inserted the paper, and pressed the start button. "Excellent, excellent!" said the CEO as his paper disappeared inside the machine. "I just need one copy." INTERSITE CHRONICLE March / April 2009

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