Planned Grootfontein railway network ‘still on the cards’


Construction of Namibia’s Grootfontein-Rundu-Katima Mulilo railway line is “still on the cards” even though it has remained in limbo for years, according a high-level government official.

The director of railway Infrastructure in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Robert Kalomho, reportedly told Namibia newspaper, the New Era, that although there was no timeline as yet, construction of the railway network remained on the government radar.

"It is among the projects which are under way, but it all depends on the availability of funds as the feasibility study which was conducted needs to be revisited before we commence with the project, but it is still on the cards," said Kalomho.

The planned railway would connect three countries from the ore-rich province of Katanga in the DRC, down to Lumwana mines in Zambia, with links to Solwezi, Kasempa, Kataba and Kaoma mines, down to Mulobezi sawmills and Sesheke, into Namibia via Katima Mulilo to Grootfontein and to the Port of Walvis Bay.


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