More than 9 000 direct jobs are set to be
“Approximately 3000 and 6500
jobs will be created in
The Swaziland Rail Link
entails the construction of a 150 kilometre new railway line from Lothair in
He was providing an update
on the project during a media briefing which was held on Thursday in
The initial estimates from the study indicate that about R20 billion will be needed for the project. The bulk of the funds will go towards infrastructure and construction. He said progress has been made in that the purchasing of the 506 hectares of land required on the South African side for this project has been approved.
Negotiations with the land owners are being finalised in order to purchase the impacted land. “Furthermore, approval to exhume and relocate over 120 affected graves has also been obtained on the South African side.
“The affected families have been identified and engaged in this progress. The process of exhuming grave and relocating them elsewhere is being done with the outmost dignity and respect for the communities and the families involved,” Nair said.
The feasibility studies of
Additionally, authorities in
Nair said the Swaziland Rail Link project will have positive spin offs such as improving people’s lives, support regional integration in SADC and accentuate the promotion of intra-Africa trade and economic sustainability throughout the infrastructure investment.
Transnet said the project’s primary objective is to reduce rail and road traffic congestion based on a realistic and achievable system capacity.
Swaziland Railway Chief
Executive Stephenson Ngubane said the joint project is going to bring a lot of
“For many years we did not
have a direct link and yet
“With this project the cost
of transport will be reduced for as it is more direct through
“This project is gaining momentum and we believe that as we prepare the presentation for funding it will be supported. We believe that the standard of the rail that we are going to be constructing is going to bring a lot of efficiency and capacity,” Ngubane said.
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