Gautrain, an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG), is a state-of-the-art rapid rail network in Gauteng. The rail connection comprises of two links, namely a link between Tshwane and Johannesburg and a link between OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton. Apart from the three terminal stations on these two links, seven other stations are linked by approximately 80 kilometres of rail along the route.
Although Gautrain is in a very exciting phase of new extensions, no business or job opportunities are available as yet and there will not be in the near future. Feasibility studies are due to start and, once this is completed, long and comprehensive tender processes will take a couple of years. Neither the Gautrain Management Agency or the Bombela Concession Company will do any employment as this will be the function of the winning bidder bidding for extension of Gautrain.
The GPG has a vision for the sustainable socio-economic, political, cultural, sporting and environmental development of the province. An important part of that vision is the freedom of movement for citizens through an integrated, world-class public transport system. Gautrain represents a critical step in the realisation of that vision.
The Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is the agent of the GPG, and is tasked with overseeing the operations of Gautrain. The GMA doesn’t operate the Gautrain, that is the responsibility of Bombela who have been appointed by the GPG to design, build and operate the Gautrain for a period of 15 years. The GMA is committed to the good corporate governance and prudent financial management that is essential for the achievement of Gautrain’s strategic objectives. One of the strategic objectives of Gautrain is the improvement of accessibility and mobility in the Johannesburg-Tshwane corridor. By providing a safe, convenient, predictable and affordable public transport system in this corridor, Gautrain is changing the perception of public transport in South Africa. When combined with the increasing monetary, social and environmental costs of private car use, this accessibility to an affordable public transport system will persuade car users to swap Gauteng’s roads for the speed and comfort of Gautrain and other public transport systems.
Amongst Gautrain's strategic objectives, it contributes to accelerated economic growth with an emphasis on job creation, local skills development and investment in black economic empowerment. With the Gautrain's partnership with the private sector, it has delivered on these objectives through the commitment of the Bombela Concession Company’s Socio-Economic Development obligations.
Gautrain has also strengthened existing development nodes in Gauteng, promoted urban restructuring and re-development and facilitated the revitalisation of the Johannesburg and Tshwane and central business districts.