On Wednesday it was announced that the first steps in the establishment of the Trans-Kalahari Railway project were taken by South Africa and Namibia, The Namibian reported. The multi-billion dollar project aims at linking Botswana’s opulent coal files to the Namibian coast.
Earlier this year, in March, Botswana’s Minister of Infrastructure Science and Technology, Nonofo Molefhi, stated that the project had been put on hold due to the problem of sourcing the funds to build the railway.
However, initial phase to building the1447 kilometre railway linking Botswana’s Mmamabula coalfield to Walvis Bay port, is reportedly now underway.
Robert Kalomo, the Namibian focal person on the project, told The Namibian that an office has been set up in Windhoek and that it will “manned by six officials, three from each country.”
“We have not yet selected the companies that will implement the project.”
“The US$15 billion was the figure contained in the feasibility, it is most likely to cost more than that,” Kolamo told the news site.