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BOTSWANA RAILWAYS REQUEST CASH INJECTION TO PROCURE HIGH-TECH TRAINS

Written by on September 16, 2020

Botswana Railways (BR) has requested government to inject cash into the company that will enable it to procure three high-tech trains which will run as a shuttle service between Gaborone and Lobatse, replacing the existing long-haul train operating on the route.

The high-tech trains are known as Diesel Mounted Units (DMUs) and they operate at a top speed of 100 kilometers per hour.

When speaking to Yarona FM news, Botswana Railways Chief Executive Officer, Leonard Makwinja said the company is struggling financially adding that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their revenue streams negatively.

He said procurement of high-tech trains, which were to ease traffic congestion on the A1, has therefore been delayed as they were supposed to have been delivered at the beginning of this year.

Meanwhile, businesses in the transport sector have been urged to be future fit amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking in a media briefing this morning, Chairperson of the Business Botswana Transport Sector, Bobby Tlhabiwe said the sector has been heavily hit by the pandemic and called on companies to have business continuity plans which will help them to survive from pandemics such as COVID-19.


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