Limpopo railroad in Mozambique working at below capacity

25 October 2007

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 Oct – The recently built Limpopo railroad, linking the port of Maputo to Zimbabwe, is operating at below its capacity due to the economic crisis in Zimbabwe, the director of railroad company CFM-Sul said in Maputo.

Joaquim Zucule, the executive director for the south of the country for state railroad company Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique, said that the Limpopo line transported 263,000 tons of cargo in the first half of the year which, although it represented a year on year rise, was far from the railroad’s installed capacity.

Due to the Zimbabwean economic crisis, which has led to its exports collapsing, the Limpopo line has just one train on it per day, despite its capacity for five trains per day, said the executive director of CFM-Sul cited by Mozambican news agency AIM.

Zucule said he hoped that cargo on the line would increase quickly to one million tons per year, as Zimbabwe has started to import fertilizer.

Speaking to AIM, the CFM-Sul director said that the company would repair 670 wagons, at a cost of US$31 million, in order to stop paying US$89,000 per month to South African railroad company Spoornet.

In the past, CFM-Sul had a fleet of 2,200 wagons, but most of these were destroyed in the country’s civil war or cut up and sold for scrap. (macauhub)