A group of engineers and top officers from South Africa’s national rail company, Transnet International Holdings, have arrived in Ghana to begin an inspection of the rail lines from Takoradi through Awaso to Kumasi.

The team, led by the Programme Director of Transnet International Holdings, Wilson Mogoba, is expected to use four days to assess the western rail lines, together with experts from the Ministry for Railway Development, and to help find ways of revamping the lines to help boost the rail sector of the country.

Ghana expects to get that line running by the year 2020, and Transnet, according to Mr. Mogoba, is poised to ensure the country achieves this target.

This follows a week-long visit to South Africa by a team from the Railway Ministry led by the Minister, Hon Joe Ghartey, in May, to familiarize itself with operations of Transnet International Holdings.

It will be recalled that Hon Joe Ghartey told Skyy Power FM’s Samuel Kojo Brace in South Africa in May that a team from South Africa will be in Ghana to undertake inspection works on the rail lines linking Takoradi to Kumasi, as part of a possible partnership deal that the Ghana Railway Company Limited is seeking with the Transnet International Holdings.

Yesterday, the team from Transnet arrived in Ghana, and held a briefing with the Ministry of Railway Development and the Ghana Railway Company Limited. The briefing centered on what the team is expected to do whilst in Ghana, and the way forward for this particular partnership between the two countries.