Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis has announced the first step to devolve the rail system to the City.
During a council meeting on Thursday, announced the city will conduct a feasibility study on the plan to take over the rail function.
Previous discussion on the topic has made it clear that Metrorail is very much part of the planned takeover.
A tender to conduct that study has been issued and the process will start in the next financial year.
In a letter from Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana has welcomed the process by the City.
In 2021, he announced that national government plans to introduce third-party operators and competition in the rail sector.
Hill-Lewis says he wants improvements.
“I do not think this first part of the project needs to take a long time and I know that our Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Mobility, Councillor Rob Quintas and his team will ensure not a second is wasted here. Let’s get it done as quickly as possible, so we can move on with getting the trains working”.