Locos are over height for South Africa. On Cape gauge, unsuitable for freight, if HEP stripped out, too much HP for traction
The CME who ordered them had the correct political affiliations, unfortunately he had purchased his PHD from a purveyor of dodgy degrees.
There was graft and corruption involved in this loco lease deal. 7 undelivered units still at Stadler Valencia. Also 50 EuroLight Duels, first few of these were also assembled prior to contract collapsing. Has bounced around the South African court system for the last 2 or 3 years https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_African_Class_Afro_4000
Ideally best converted to standard gauge, with traction motors capable of utilising the HP
Unlikely to be sold into Europe as build date is after the introduction of the current diesel standard, possibly a prohibited import
12 ultra low mileage, one thoroughly bonked in a derailment. Derailment due to Transnet not briefing the PRASA driver, on tempory speed restriction. No love lost between these two Parastatals, same government, however both are the fiefdoms of oposing factions within the governing ANC