Smith wants Namibia’s rail link improved

Transmib Chief Executive Officer John Smith said, it is important for the country to develop 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 the stakeholder's engagement session held at Grootfontein, which was organized by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group to gather logistics companies from across the country to present them with the opportunity of renting Transnamib's warehousing facilities located at its stations countrywide.

Smith said the company is in the business of moving cargo via rail from station to station which falls under its Master plan to unlock its property value in order to create a good return on Investments, create decentralised logistics centers across the country to ensure Namibia as a country become a logistics hub and not only the coastal and central regions and improve rail link with neighboring countries.

With Africa's move to improve on its intra-continental trade, it is crucial to develop Namibia's cross border rail links with its neighbors, Namibia's cross border rail services needs to be improved because currently the country only has one corridor with a cross border rail connection, the Trans Oranje corridor which links Luderitz to the northern cape of South Africa and this line has been dormant for 18 years, said Smith.

He added 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 tones moved annually on the corridor. And a project team comprising of Transnamib, Namport 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 tones per month.

Source: Namibia Press Agency