Smith wants Namibia's rail link improved

11 Jul 2019 23:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) – TransNamib Chief Executive Officer, Johny Smith said, it is important for Namibia to develop its rail link with neighboring countries if it is to be at the same level of Africa’s move to improve intra-continental trade.
Smith made these remarks on Wednesday during a stakeholder’s engagement held at Grootfontein, and organised by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.
He said Namibia’s cross border rail services needs to be improved because currently the country only has one corridor with a cross border rail connection, namely the Trans Oranje corridor which links Lüderitz to the northern cape of South Africa.
This line, he added, has been there for 18 years, noting that TransNamib has recently employed 100 new employees to revive operations on the Trans-Oranje Corridor, which can be used to transport manganese mined in the Cape and could see more than three million tonnes moved annually on the corridor.
A project team comprising of TransNamib, Namibia Ports Authority and Trade Port, is currently developing the roll out plan, which will see an increase of manganese transported by rail until it reaches 90 000 tonnes per month.
“The business of moving cargo via rail from station to station which falls under our master plan could unlock our property value in order to create a good return on Investments, create decentralised logistics centres across the country,” he said.