29 November 2013
A new rail link between South Africa and Swaziland is expected to have significant socio-economic benefits, including increased trade and the creation of 6,000 jobs in total for both countries during the construction and operation phases.
The joint venture between the two governments is targeted for completion in 2017, with works beginning on the 146-kilometre railway once the feasibility study takes place next year.
A rural scene in Swaziland (Credit: Sara Atkins/Wikimedia)
About 96 kilometres will be covered by Swaziland Railway at a cost of £5bn while the rest will be covered by Transnet in South Africa, according to the Swazi Observer.