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. Of course, if you hire Freestead with your regular maintenance contract, you`ll receive more than just routine maintenance. As a recognized leader in the maintenance of pharmaceutical and biotechnology equipment, Freestead gives you the invaluable safety resulting from the conclusion of a GMP technical support and service contract: there are currently two contracts with the Gibela Rail Transport Consortium (Gibela): “Manufacture Supply Agreement (MSA) – 600 new trains for a contract of R59 billion over a 15-year period; and – agreement on technical assistance and supply of spare parts (TSSSA) – agreement on the maintenance of new trains over a period of 19 years. A TSSSA is generally a two-part agreement between a supplier and the operator and, given the nature of the services to be provided under a TSSSA, the supplier should be the original manufacturer of the rolling stock. A Section 54 agreement also includes a technical assistance and replacement agreement for 377-series vehicles, which also expires on March 7, 2022. 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). 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). Alstom Ubunye was formerly known as the Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW).
Founded in 1957, UCW has become Commuter Transport – Locomotive Engineering (CTLE). In April 2016, Alstom acquired a 51% stake in CTLE and renamed it Alstom Ubunye. It is anticipated that the applicant, who will ultimately have the opportunity to participate in this project (the “retained supporter” in the subsequent RFP process), will enter into a manufacturing and supply contract (“MSA”) and a technical support and replacement supply contract (“TSSA”) (together the “agreements”) with VIA Rail. The Wolmerton North Gauteng Depot in Pretoria has been operational for some time.