Plans To Sign Trans-Kalahari Railway Project Agreement Suspended
News: Plans to sign a construction agreement for the ZAR100bn (US$10.83bn) Trans-Kalahari Railway project across Botswana and Namibia have been stalled until further notice. Contradictory reasons were provided by officials of the two countries for the suspension of the project. A Botswanan official claimed that the project was stalled as the country's Minister of Transport and Communications had difficult travel arrangements that failed to work out. An official in Namibia alleged that the agreement required changes before it could be signed. The 1,500km railway line would reduce Botswana's dependency on South African ports and railway networks by providing an alternative route to the sea.