IRJ at IHHA 2015, Perth, Australia: TRANSNET says it is close to completing a study on a new heavy-haul railway which would enable landlocked Botswana to export its vast coal reserves through the South African port of Richards Bay.
Several companies are benefiting from what is being dubbed a railway renaissance in Africa as new opportunities emerge in markets across the continent buoyed by a rush for mineral wealth. But things are far from simple, as Paul Ash explains.
Heavy-haul railway projects are proposed across Africa as a means of extracting the continent's mineral wealth. However, many of these schemes face problems with securing rights to land and delivering benefits to local residents. Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, suggests how these issues might be overcome.