Multi billion Kwacha Malawi railway project launch Friday

Vale Logistics is set to launch its US$1billion (K750billion) trans-Malawi railway project that connects two pivotal points of its operations in Western and Eastern Mozambique through Malawi.

One of the magnificent bridges built at Nkaya in Balaka

Created and built by multidisciplinary construction company Mota Engil Africa, the railway line is part of the Nacala Development Corridor that seeks to benefit several SADC countries Malawi inclusive.

Amongst the main features along the project are the virgin rail works that sprout across the most difficult terrain on the hills of Mwanza district stretching towards the all important Liwonde Township which will turn to a beehive of transnational economic boom.

“We are excited that the facility was built and delivered in time to benefit the two countries, Malawi and Mozambique,” government officials told Nyasatimes ahead of the launch on Friday August 18 in Zalewa

During the pick period of the construction works, Mota Engil the contractor employed over 5000 direct employees and hundreds more indirect labour and service providers.

This project, a private sector led initiative seeks to allow Vale Logistics of Brazil to move over 18millon tons of coal from its sister Moatize Coal Mines in Mozambique and pass through Mwanza, Chikhwawa, Neno, Balaka and Machinga districts in Malawi on the way to the Indian Ocean Port of Nacala on the Mozambican Eastern side.

Malawi is set to benefit from accessing the cheaper mode of transport by locking scores of carriages on the outbound and inbound trains.

Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango will officially launch the facility.

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Felix Naviriyo
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This is a very good development for Malawians. Next time consider the Limbe to Nsanje rout to be maintained as it was the last transport for the poor people leaving around the area where rail passes through. They were able to sell their farm produce in town using the cheapest rail rout. Otherwise we welcome all these development

Joseph ndili
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Anzanu kuchita chitukuko cholozeka mzaka zina. Inu busy kuba ndalama za Boma. Ndiye nkumanyadira ngati initiative yo ndi yanu. Kudakhala kuti inali ya Malawi, tidakaboweka ndi kuchemerera kuti a DPP akuchita chitukuko cholozeka. Kenaka chifukwa cholephera kuyendetsa dziko, tingonva kuti Southern Malawi ija atenga a Mozambique. Because these are the guys who are doing tangible development in that part of our country.

concerned citizen
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What is the government of Malawi doing about reconstruction of the Limbe Nsanje, Beira railway line. When this line was operational, goods in Malawi used to be very cheap. This is the shortest distance to Beira less than 400km , the train carrying hundreds of tones of goods on a turn around trip of two to three days compared to the Blantyre OR Lilongwe Tete Changara, Chimoio then Beira route of 800+ km, the trucks carrying a limited tonnage on a turn around trip of almost a week.

concerned citizen
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The headline is misleading. Truly speaking,. this is not a Malawi railway line project. Angodutsa nawo a Mozambique. Mozambique is the one which is going to benefit immensely from this project.

Jamax
Guest

Good Vision Jappie but let’s also do our Southern – Nakhanga Route we want have farm products from Chikwawa and Nsanje – The other thing Mr. Jappie try again to negotiate with these Mozambique guys we need the Nsanje Port to be opened, use the gimmick of give and take scenario – they transport their Coal via our Country to Beira, and we transport our goods to & from Indian Ocean. If they continue refusing we should also refuse them to transport their goods via our country full stop. Osawanyengerera anthu amenewa.. this is our land.

Northerner
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Amalawi kugona iwowo anatikanila Doko kunsanje ife kuwapasa njanji without feasibility study

Popapo
Guest

We have a viable line from Blantyre to Chipata, yet our Carlsberg Brewery and other companies do not use this line instead Carlsberg trucks ferrythe beer/soft drink crates ! The line is up to Carlsberg Lilongwe depot at Kanengo one wonders why not use the line. The use of this can attract other users to follow suit. Wake up Malawi

Lloyd
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This is bullshit, the leaders of malawi they used to accept the left over end of the day Mozambique they will took malawi as their on land wake up malawi.

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