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South Africa minister: all rail services will suspend ops 'for the duration of the lockdown'

South Africa's transport minister Mbalula Fikile, via his official Twitter account, confirmed (25-Mar-2020) "all long-distance passenger rail services, both public and private, will stop operations for the duration of the lockdown. Services of Shosholoza Meyl, Premier Classe and Blue Train operated by PRASA and Transnet respectively, have already been suspended". New regulations implemented by the South African Government "means that private rail operators such as Rovos Rail will also cease operations". The Federal Government plans to implement the lock down from 26-Mar-2020 to 16-Apr-2020 (Al Jazeera, 24-Mar-2020).

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