Rail-ly expensive!

In an ambitious move to position the country as a transport and logistical hub in the region, Botswana Railways (BR) has announced plans to construct two railway lines at a cost of P15 billion.

Attempting to sell the idea to potential investors, BR held a meeting on Monday, inviting possible partners to come on board for the construction of the two projects.

Outlining the grand plan, BR CEO Leonard Makwinja revealed it involves the construction of a 367km railway line running from Mosetse village in the North East to Kazungula, connecting Botswana with Zambia.

“We believe two million tonnes of freight will move onto this line and this will grow to four million tonnes within the next five years,” a visibly excited Makwinja told various stakeholders at the highly attended gathering in Gaborone.

The CEO said the Chinese government has already shown ‘capacity’ and ‘willingness’ to participate in the project.

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