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South African state-owned rail and freight operator Transnet has agreed to a rail deal with the Ghana Railway Company Limited and the Ghana Railway Development Authority.

The agreement stipulates the revival of Ghana’s narrow-gauge railway between Takoradi and Tarkwa, in the Western Region, a distance of around 82km.

Takoradi Port is Ghana’s main export facility, and the inland town of Tarkwa is home to one of the largest gold mines in Ghana and in the world, Tarkwa mine.

The three entities have agreed to rehabilitate and maintain the line, refurbish and maintain existing locomotives and wagons, supply additional rolling stock, jointly operate the line, and have factored in a skills development component.

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