About the project

The Eswatini Rail Link Project (ESRL) is a seamless project running across two countries, South Africa and Eswatini. The project is collaboration between two companies, namely, Eswatini Rail (from Eswatini) and Transnet Freight Rail (from South Africa). The project entails the construction of a 150 kilometre new railway line from Lothair in South Africa to Sidvokodvo in Eswatini and revamping two existing lines, the first from Ermelo to Lothair in South Africa and the other one from Sidvokodvo in Eswatini to Richards Bay in South Africa.

ESRL project was conceptualised with the aim of relieving Transnet Freight Rail’s export coal line of general freight cargo that runs from the Mpumalanga Province to the Port of Richards Bay. The newly constructed and revamped lines will enable Transnet Freight Rail to divert the general freight cargo through Eswatini to the Port of Richards Bay. The diversion will free capacity on the export coal line therefore allowing for more coal to be railed to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal.

Eswatini Rail Link will be delivered as part of the Programme


To enable the competitiveness, growth and development of the South African economy by delivering reliable freight transport and handling services that satisfy customer demands and to lead in providing total quality rail transport and logistics solutions in the region and beyond.


Deliver freight reliably and provide transportation services to the local and international markets. To meet customer demands for reliable freight transport and handling through fully integrate and maximise the use of our unique assets, continuously driving cost efficient; and demonstrating a concern for sustainability in all we do.

Eswatini Railways

Eswatini Railways is a parastatal organization that provides transport services for import and export commodities as well as transit cargo. It is rated one of the best railways in the SADC region in terms of transit time, reliability and predictability
Eswatini Railways Website

Transnet Freight Rail

Transnet freight rail’s core business lies in freight logistics solutions designed for customers in industry based business segments, mining, heavy and light manufacturing