Transnet Engineering (TE) has announced that it has been awarded a contract to supply a total of 80 wagons to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This prestigious contract comes as a result of a site visit by SWALA International Logistics to Transnet Engineering’s Koedoespoort plant, where they witnessed TE’s exceptional capabilities in manufacturing rolling stock products, with a particular focus on freight wagons and locomotives.
During their visit, SWALA International Logistics expressed interest in the SHR29 flat wagons. They requested additional technical information to assess the suitability of SHR29 flat wagons for their operational requirements.
As an established engineering organisation with over 150 years of experience, Transnet Engineering specialises in research, design, manufacturing, refurbishment, and maintenance of rolling stock and port products. With six strategically located plants across the country, TE has the capacity to meet the diverse needs of its customers, both locally and within the continent.
SWALA Railway Solution (SWALA) is a specialised entity based in Lubumbashi, operating in sectors such as general and mining products transportation, fuel transportation, freight brokering logistics, and supply chain management. SWALA has recently gained access to the SNCC railway line, enabling them to transport goods within their market and support other players in the region.
In light of their collaboration, SWALA has signed significant deals with Transnet Engineering to strengthen their operations on the SNCC railway line and facilitate the transportation of commodities in the SADC region. These agreements demonstrate the confidence that SADC customers have in Transnet Engineering’s capabilities, as well as the trust of neighbouring countries such as Botswana, eSwatini, Mozambique, and more.
As a gesture of mutual cooperation, SWALA has extended an invitation to Transnet Engineering to visit its sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last week. This visit provided an opportunity for TE to gain a deeper understanding of SWALA, explore potential business prospects, and foster stronger relations between the two entities.
During the visit, SWALA launched its new SWALA Rail Solution company in the DRC 2023 Mining Indaba, offering a valuable platform to engage with key industry players within the mining sector in the DRC region. Transnet Engineering took full advantage during the event to facilitate discussions with potential clients seeking rail solutions, strengthen relationships with existing and previous clients, and identifying new revenue-generating opportunities.