"By Monday afternoon, 78% of scheduled train trips ran, with 53% of them running on time. On Tuesday morning, those figures rose to 86% of scheduled train trips running and 73% of them running on time," said the Department of Transport.
"The War Room also detected the burning of two train carriages in Cape Town. Thanks to its swift action, the matter was attended to, the scene was cleared and services were recovered within four hours," the department said.
The war room began operating on Monday.
"The War Room is supported by a Technical Task Team primarily made up of experts with in-depth knowledge and experience in rail operations, signaling, rolling stock, security, business process, engineering, and modeling.
"The job of this War Room is to monitor Metrorail's operations daily and ensure the implementation of turnaround strategies," Transport Ministry spokesperson Ayanda Allie Paine said.
The Minister's intervention will continue until the end of the 2019/20 financial year, with defined targets expected to be realized by 31 December 2019 and sustained beyond this date.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)