MUCH NEEDED: Truck stops

MUCH NEEDED: Truck stops

The governments of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia hope to boost regional trade by improving the efficiency of the Trans-Kalahari Corridor network.

This should happen through the establishment of a number of new truck stops along the transport corridors traversing all three countries.

The viability of establishing the truck stops has been confirmed by a feasibility study, says the Trans-Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) in a statement.

The feasibility study engaged numerous stakeholders, including the transport industry, local and provincial government, government agencies and other allied industries.

Primary and secondary sites have been investigated in detail in Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, and the establishment of four new truck stops have been recommended along the Trans-Kalahari Corridor.

The total investment for the development of the truck stops is estimated at around R55-million.

This excludes the cost of the land, which is expected to be priced at municipal value.

The TKCMC says the transport corridors are important, as they ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods between countries.

The governments of South Africa, Botswana and Namibia are, therefore, keen to take a closer look at the various transport routes between South Africa, through Botswana, to Namibia, says the TKCMC.

Industry has indicated that it will support well managed and operated truck stop facilities and that it is prepared to pay for these services.

Further business opportunities exist for restaurant facilities, maintenance facilities, security services and fuel service stations.



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