Managing Director’s Message
Welcome to Alstom in South Africa
Alstom has a long history in South Africa. From its original set-up in Cape Town at the beginning of the twentieth century to its current headquarters for the Southern African Region in Johannesburg, Alstom prides itself on a history of technological excellence and a commitment to local economic and social progress.
Today in South Africa, Alstom - especially through its joint venture Gibela, of which the company holds 61% - is an active and valuable participant in South Africa’s endeavours in creating employment and developing skills.
Localization is a business imperative and a key driver of our global strategy. In South Africa, for example, 65% of the content required for the 600 trains of the PRASA project is procured from local suppliers. Additionally, we strive to develop long-term relationships with local companies, supporting them with training in our design, standards and specifications.
For Alstom, investment in skills development is an investment in South Africa’s future. Through its former energy business, Alstom has already trained over 800 South African artisans, engineers and managers. Now through the PRASA project Alstom/Gibela will train about 19,000 people in technical railway subjects over the next 10 years.
Alstom is present in over 60 countries throughout the world and has an unrivalled technical expertise in all domains of railway transport. Today we can leverage global expertise in localization, job creation and enrichment of the local supply chain. And we can deliver projects safely and efficiently.
Moreover, Alstom has developed a full range of innovative and competitive products and services that can provide a leading edge response to the challenges of urban transport, which are especially daunting in African cities. Alstom guarantees safe and seamless journeys to passengers using its products.
We are proud to bring all this to South Africa and to be a part of the development of South Africa’s sustainable rail transportation.
Southern Africa Managing Director
- Yvan Eriau, Southern Africa Managing Director & CEO of Alstom Ubunye
- Matthias Handschin, PRASA Customer Director