Recruitment of railway line builders kicks-off at Otavi

The recruitment of 80 railway line builders by D&M Rail Construction Company started on Wednesday morning at Otavi in the Otjozondjupa Region.

The D&M Rail Construction Site Agent, Leon Steyn told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that the recruitment process seeks to employ 30 unskilled workers; and 50 skilled and physically strong rail builders needed from the Otavi area.

“We are looking for about 80 physically strong skilled and unskilled labourers in the area of Otavi where we are expected to start with the upgrading and maintaining of the railway line this year,” said Steyn.

He said the process will be conducted with assistance from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare at Otavi.

Steyn said his company has an internal policy of recruiting local labourers from each town where their rail construction works are intended to start off.

He said the upgrading and maintaining of the railway line this year will start at Otavi south towards Otjiwarongo.

Steyn said the D&M Rail Construction won a tender from TransNamib in 2012 to rehabilitate the railway line between Usakos in the Erongo Region and Tsumeb in the Oshikoto Region.

The D&M Rail Construction site agent also confirmed to this news agency that the contract between TransNamib and his company involves the rehabilitation of about 400 kilometers (km) of railway line from Usakos and Tsumeb.

He said there is urgency in the upgrading of railway line between Tsumeb and Usakos as the deal of transporting some Sulfuric acid from Dundee Precious Metals in Tsumeb to Rossing Uranium Mine near Arandis is expected to start this year, and the railway line must be in perfect condition.

Steyn said his company will continue to employ more than 300 skilled and unskilled labourers for the project.

He however refused to divulge financial details of the tender contract between his company – D&M Rail Construction and TransNamib.

According to the D&M Rail Construction profile, the company was founded in 1994, and recently accepted an offer to partner with a group of previously disadvantaged Namibians through a Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) deal.

It has completed some construction work on the railway line between Tsumeb, Ondangwa and Oshikango.