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New passenger rail tender will transfer R37bn to broad-based BEE partners In two weeks' time, the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) will set the ball rolling for the transfer of R37 billion into the hands of black South Africans. Prasa chief executive Lucky Montana, the architect of South Africa's modernisation of passenger rail transportation, has left no stone unturned to ensure that South Africa's largest black economic empowerment (BEE) deal is also the most broadbased. “Historically, you would find that individuals who have access to money fly to Germany or China to strike a deal. We have avoided this by making it broad-based. What we have done with this deal is to recognise- workers,” Montana told City Press. Prasa will acquire 7 224 new train coaches from a foreign rolling stock manufacturer at a cost of R123 billion over 20 years.