A new railway line will finally be constructed along the notorious Moloto Road that links Mpumalanga to Gauteng. The Chinese government will invest R30 billion to develop the over 125 kilometre railway line.
The money is part of the R800 billion investment by the Chinese to develop the continent’s transport infrastructure.
The Chinese Construction Company has signed a co-operation agreement with South Africa’s Passenger Rail Agency – PRASA.
Attracting investment to the continent has been President Jacob Zuma’s rallying call everywhere he goes. It was the same here in Gaungzhou – China’s premier manufacturing hub. And it is bearing fruit.
A new railway line will finally be built, linking Siyabuswa in Mpumalanga to Tshwane in Gauteng along the notorious Moloto Road. This stretch of road has been dubbed the road of death due to the many fatal crashes there.
Hundreds of people have been killed, including 29 in a single bus accident in Kwaggafontein in 2013. Earlier this year during government’s Siyahlola Programme, residents complained to the president about the carnage on the road.
On Wednesday government managed to secure 30 billion rand for the construction of the Moloto Rail Development Corridor. President Zuma says this bodes well for job creation in the country.
”We are pleased that some of the projects are getting off the ground in South Africa and key amongst these projects is the Moloto Road Development Corridor linking Gauteng and Mpumalanga provinces. This project is designed to change the quality of the life of people in the area through among others promoting economic development and work opportunities and bringing to end long commuting distances from home to work for the poor,” says President Jacob Zuma.
And Prasa Acting CEO Collins Letsoalo says this is a high priority project for the country’s rail company – helping to the save the lives of those using that that corridor.
Prasa Acting CEO Collins Letsoalo says, ”The real work will begin soon and now we will just be exchanging few documents like we said. We have got a feasibility study that we have done. We will be starting a steering committee together with the department of Public Enterprises and National Treasury but we have given ourselves a year within which we should have finalised all the things pertaining to this project especially the Moloto Rail Development Corridor which is an area that has been a pain for us from a public transport and safety point of view. Once we agree we will do the functional and detail design so usually the project of this magnitude will take three years to complete or so.”
Africa is aggressively wooing investors to come to the continent, not only does it have a capable friend in China, but it has a willing partner, who is poured billions of dollars in infrastructure development.
Source – SABC News