Angola Plans Railway Connection with Namibia

“The project will bring benefit to the southern region of the country, mainly for Huíla, which has become a revolving market place in Southern Africa, with regular movements of buses and trucks from Namibia and South Africa”



Moçâmedes Railway (CFM) E.P) is conducting a feasibility study aimed to launch 300-kilometer railway line that will allow Angola to connect with Namibia, FurtherAfrica has reported.

CFM, based in Lubango, Huíla province, has a 905-kilometer route along 56 stations between Namibe, Huíla and Cuando Cubango (the last province shares a border with Namibia).

Speaking to the press on weekend in Lubango, the CEO of CFM, Daniel João Quipaxe, considered the project structuring which requires a large investment.

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Quipaxe said the project is being planned and budgeted in order to ensure its implementation in the medium term.

As for the study, he said that Namibia has already completed its part, waiting for Angola to do the same, so that it can bring the southern African region even closer.

He revealed that the areas that will accommodate the route have already been identified, despite the fact that the technicians detect rivers and streams in the profile, which requires a great deal of work for the desired quality.

“All these projects are being taken care of and analysed in detail. We believe that, soon, we will have the results of the studies and the quantification of the project itself”, said the CEO.

He stated that after its implementation, it will bring benefit to the southern region of the country, mainly for Huíla, which has become a revolving market place in Southern Africa, with regular movements of buses and trucks from Namibia and South Africa, with a volume load that can increase after the train enters the scene.

Daniel Quipaxe announced, on the other hand, the entry into operation, within two weeks, of two multiple units called (DMU), an express (fast) means of transport, which will only be limited to supporting students and public and private workers from Lubango.

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