Mozambican railways investing in wagon repair

27 July 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 27 Jul – Mozambican Railways (CFM) is to invest US$ 30 million in upgrading 670 wagons, the company has announced.

Joaquim Zucule, director of CFM-Sul, the operator’s southern division, said the wagons are being repaired by a foreign firm. Additionally, CFM is repairing another 150 wagons at its Maputo workshops in an effort to reduce costs of hiring rolling stock from neighboring states.

Zucule said CFM spends around 600,000 rands per year on hiring wagons from South Africa’s railway operator, Spoornet, to transport freight between the port of Maputo and Matola.

CFM-sul once had a wagon fleet of 2,200, but many of these were damaged in Mozambique’s civil war and others have been plundered for scrap metal.

The company now only owns 600 wagons, with another 1,600 out of service until they can be repaired.

“If we had at least 2,000 wagons we could think about ceasing to hire rolling stock,” said Zucule.

CFM-sul’s director also said six locomotives were being modernized nationally in an investment of US$ 2.8 million and another 45 have been sent for overhaul to South Africa in a project valued at US$ 30 million. (macauhub)