D&M Rail has been the constructor of choice in all of Namibia’s post-independence railway projects. We built the Northern Railway Extension as a sub-contractor for the Namibian Government—connecting Tsumeb with Ondangwa over several hundred kilometers, and as the main contractor we completed the next phase of the northern railway which connects Namibia to Angola in 2012. We also constructed the 50 km permanent railway between Lüderitz and Aus, which was completed in 2005. D&M Rail has also constructed several railway sidings for private companies such as Manica, Ohorongo Cement and the port of Walvis Bay. We have a permanent, highly-skilled construction team that can be deployed on projects around the country at any time.
Our maintenance team is based in the growing port city of Walvis Bay. We have serviced the railways of the Namibia Ports Authority and Rössing Uranium Mine for the past 17 years, guaranteeing that these arteries of the national economy continue to run smoothly. We have also upgraded sections of the Namibian grid for national carrier TransNamib and rehabilitated the Otjihase Mine Rail. As railways gain new momentum in Africa, rehabilitation of old lines and the building of new extensions will remain a core activity of our business.
The railway tracks before D&M start with upgrading. The current material is more than 50 years old and has come to the end of its life.
The railway track after upgrading. A high standard of railway line that will last for the next 50 years and built to carry millions of tons for the Namibian economy
Ultra-modern technology is used during the construction of a railway line and here the rail is being welded together with an exothermic welding process. Joints in a railway line is a thing of the past as it is a weak spot in the rail, and railway lines are now welded together for hundreds of kilometers
State of the art construction machinery is used during the upgrading of railway line. As the lines are operational, small sections of up to 400 meters are upgraded and completed daily as the trains must use the railway line on a daily basis.
Team work makes difficult work light work. Railway construction work is not easy as all material is heavy and difficult to handle, but D&M has opted to use manual labour rather than mechanical means to provide as much as possible work for the unemployed.