Transnet and Botswana join forces to boost rail

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Transnet Freight Rail will work with Botswana to improve and expand infrastructure.
Transnet Freight Rail will work with Botswana to improve and expand infrastructure.
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  • South Africa and Botswana have agreed to collaborate to fix and expand rail infrastructure.
  • The two will fix parts of a 126km line within the next 24 months.
  • They will further  build a connecting line to move Botswana's export coal to Richards Bay.
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South Africa and Botswana have agreed to collaborate to fix and expand rail infrastructure beneficial to both countries. 

In a statement released on Friday, Transnet said South Africa and Botswana have agreed in principle on joint development initiatives to be implemented by their respective rail operators in a bid to improve inter-trade between the two countries.

The initiatives will also allow landlocked, and coal-rich, Botswana to access South African ports in a more efficient manner.

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) and Botswana Rail (BR) will collaborate to fix parts of the 126km rail line between Swartruggens and Mafikeng, which will enable heavy-haul trains travelling from Botswana to reach the ports of Richards Bay and Durban for export markets.

"This will be funded jointly by the two governments, with TFR and BR given the responsibility to implement the initiative. The objective is to have the project running in the next 24 months," Transnet said in a statement.

The two entities will also build a connecting line from Mamabula in Botswana to Lephalale in Limpopo which currently runs export coal to Richards Bay.

"TFR and BR will further collaborate on security interventions to curb the scourge of cable theft and infrastructure vandalism, a rising problem in Botswana and rampant in South Africa, which impact the efficient running of trains," Transnet said.

 

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