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Railway rehabilitation project starts

Railway rehabilitation project starts

Niël Terblanché

 

The Namibian government’s plan to develop the country into a transport and logistics hub in southern Africa received another boost when a project aimed at the rehabilitation and improvisation of the railway line between Walvis Bay and Arandis was officially launched.

 

The project will enhance the country’s ability to an increased amount of transport of goods to landlocked countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and beyond.

 

The Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, officiated at the launch of the project and said the project aims to rehabilitate a segment of 107.5 kilometres of the existing railway line.

 

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GROUND BROKEN: The Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, and managers of a Chinese construction company during a groundbreaking ceremony at the launch of the railway rehabilitation project between Walvis Bay and Arandis. – Picture: Courtesy of the MWT

 

The Namibian Government will be funding the project through the fiscus and a loan from the African Development Bank. The cost of the project is estimated to work out to N$1.029 and the entire project is set to be completed in the first half of 2022.

 

According to Mutorwa, having good ports and a good road network will improve Namibia’s competitiveness and its aim to become the regional logistics hub.

 

The first phase of the project will start from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund.

 

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