Bhisho - The Rail Safety Regulator has renewed safety permit for the Kei Rail Project's line from Mthatha to AmaBhele for three years.
It had awarded a one-year permit on March 2008, which is now extended to 2012.
"This means that the regulator was impressed with our safety standards and how we execute them," said Eastern Cape MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison Ghishma Barry on Monday.
She said it was a major achievement for the Kei Rail Project. "It means that Kei Rail offers a safe, affordable and reliable public transport service."
The MEC said their success could be attributed to the Kei Rail Safety Strategy, which aims to increase safety on the railway, increase the amount of effective safety communication to customers and staff, create a safety culture amongst stakeholders and ensure adherence to the technical and operational requirements in terms of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act 16 of 2002.