19 Feb 2015 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 19 FEB (NAMPA) TransNamib Holdings Limited is positive about its relationship with and the support it has been receiving from Transnet Engineering.
A statement from the Namibian transport parastatal released on Wednesday said South African counterpart TransNet Engineerings Freight Chief Executive Officer Richard Vallihu and Chief Financial Officer Deon Struwig were on a two-day visit at TransNamib last week.
TransNamib executive spokesperson Struggle Ihuhua said the purpose of the visit was to strengthen our relationship, and further cement the strong partnership between the two rail transport entities. We are extremely positive about our current partnership, and grateful for the support we are receiving from Transnet.
Earlier this year, TransNamib acquired five refurbished locomotives as part of its 180-day turnaround plan which was adopted on 25 September 2014.
The trains are part of 10 trains which the parastatal plans to acquire during the course of 2015 at a cost of over N.dollars 71 million.
In addition, Vallihu revealed here that the company has identified another three locomotives it could supply to TransNamib, which will increase the 15 Class 33 and 34 locomotives to 18.
It will be great seeing 70 locomotives running on local tracks, and we are optimistic about the future because the demands for rail transport are there, added Ihuhua.
Vallihu stated that Transnet is committed to making TransNamib's turnaround strategy work.
We are confident in seeing the strategy coming together, he stated, further revealing that Transnet Engineering is currently working on building an African locomotive which will be named Trans-African Locomotive (TAL).
TAL will be built to fit Namibias terrain, and will be very robust.
Transnet also recently established a research and development department, employing a total of 150 engineers.
This department will be responsible for working on the new locomotives and other new technologies.
The South African company trains more than 2000 artisans per year in 40 different trades, and has invited TransNamib to send delegates to take part in these training programmes.
Transnet currently has partners in neighbouring countries such Mozambique, Angola and Botswana.