Locomotive tender is a missed opportunity, BUSINESS REPORT (Pretoria News)
It was disappointing to read the story “SA will make locomotive Trills” (Business Report, March 24). According to the report, the major, critical parts in Transnet's procurement of 1 064 locomotives will be produced outside South Africa, presumably in the countries of origin of the winning bidders. We are talking about a huge percentage of the R50 billion value of the investment going to the successful bidders, which are foreign-owned industrial giants from China, the US and Canada. Reading this story broke my heart, since it has always been my wish to see headline after headline about our homegrown industrial entities similar to these taking advantage of huge government procurement opportunities like these.