BOTSWANA KEEN FOR CORRIDOR TO LINK TO SOUTH AFRICA’S COALFIELDS
05 Feb, 2019
The Minister of Transport and Communications, Dorcas Makgato, has revived the need for a new heavy haul railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula area with South Africa’s Lephalale coalfields.
Makgato said the project aimed to link coal deposits in both areas with South African heavy haul lines. It could be a gateway to South African ports for the coal market and link Botswana's mines to the Transnet Freight Rail network.
“The proposed link between Mmamabula in Botswana and Lephalale in South Africa would stimulate the economies of Botswana and South Africa,” Makgato told the IHS Markit Southern African Coal Conference, in Cape Town, on Thursday.
“In order to unlock regional growth, a corridor approach is a must. We need to extend the rail network.”
The Minister said the general development of transport infrastructure was key to the enhancement of regional integration and trade and that the Mmamabula – Lephalale link would create "an alternative corridor" for export commodities."