The Eswatini Rail Link Project is a Strategic Joint Inter-Railway Initiative between the two State Owned railway entities of Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Eswatini that will provide a strategic rail link for both countries with the two major East Coast ports of Richards Bay and Maputo.

The project will promote intra African trade and the integration of the Region’s freight logistics, stimulate and be a catalyst for economic development and job creation as well as contribute to a modal shift from road to Rail.








Eswatini Railways (ESR) has received adequate financing towards the implementation of the first phase of the Resettlement of Project Affected Households, fields and forests, affected by the Eswatini Rail Link Project in the following Chiefdoms.

Mabhukwini, Kuthuleni, Zenukeni, Zondwako, Mlindazwe, Mbangave, Mhlangeni, Nhlulweni, Ncabaneni, Luyengo/Khalangilile, Ntondozi, Ndinda, Mphini and Ndlinilembi.

Eswatini Railways is continuing with stakeholder engagement initiatives of all the important various stakeholders and Project Affected People (PAPs). Land acquisition for resettlement purposes is also being undertaken. Physical resettlement will begin this financial year 2021/22 Eswatini Railways wishes to take this opportunity to thank Chiefs (boBabe Tikhulu) neBantfwabenkosi, of the project affected areas for identifying and allocating alternative land for the resettlement of the affected persons.

Eswatini Railways also wishes to thank all Project Stakeholders for their anticipated cooperation as it undertakes this Strategic National and Regional Project Eswatini Railways looks forward to the successful implementation of this Strategic National and Regional Project.

Railways Safety Begins with Me. Eswatini Railways is today launching the railway safety week at Mpaka. As an organisation ESR values the life and safety of our staff, customers and communities that we interact with. In the time of COVID – 19 ESR says be safe.

ESR CEO, Mr Nixon Dlamini paying a courtesy visit to the Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority offices where he was welcomed by the EIPA CEO, Mr Sibane Mngomezulu. EIPA is crucial in the investment drive and ESR provides infrastructure to support the initiatives.

A Joint meeting of ESR & SAs TFR CEOs to discuss progress on the Eswatini Rail Link Project at the Royal Villas was honoured by the presence of the Honourable MoPW&T, ESR Board Chair & the Media. The Minister came to show government’s commitment to the project.

ESR Board of Directors taken by the CEO and EXCO on a familiarization tour of the ESR operation. This is done to ensure that the Board gets a feel of the daily operations of the Railways and to meet personnel in charge. ESR is striving for efficiency despite COVID-19.


Today, 20 May 2020, Eswatini Railways donated medical equipment worth E260, 000.00 to the Kingdom of Eswatini Government through the National Disaster Management Agency in support of the COVID-19 initiative. Handing over the cheque is ESR Board of Directors Chairman Alex Mngomezulu and ESR CEO Nixon Dlamini. In his Remarks ESR CEO stated that as a corporate citizen ESR will always support the government and the nation where possible. He urged all corporates and individuals to come forward and make a contribution in this noble initiative. He then wished everyone good health during this difficult moment.

Mr Nixon Dlamini CEng MICE (Eswatini Railways CEO)

On the 16th March 2020, the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe hosted the ESR Board of Directors Chairperson and the media in a media briefing to announce the appointment of the new ESR Chief Executive Officer. The Minister was accompanied by the Principal Secretary, Khangeziwe Mabuza. The Board of Directors Chairperson Mr Alex Mngomezulu announced that Mr Nixon Dlamini is the new ESR CEO with effect from the 1st March 2020.

Mr Nixon Dlamini takes over from the now retired Stephenson Ngubane who vacated office at the end on December 2019. Below is his brief CV

1. BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
2. BSC (Maths and Physics)
3. CSCS Black Managers Card
4. ICE Supervising Engineer

Professional Associations
1. Engineering Council UK (EngC UK)
2. Institution of Civil Engineers. (MICE)
3. Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)
4. South African Association of Civil Engineers


Rail/Civil Engineer

Mr Dlamini has a wealth of knowledge in the rail and engineering sectors as he has worked in many parts of the world including the Republic of South Africa and the UK. He is joining ESR from a consultancy job with 2N Services (PTY) LTD as a lead consultant based in the United Kingdom

  • He has also worked as Associate Director and Rail business Leader for Arup where he carried out many functions including but not limited to carrying out rail development work, securing investment funding etc.
  • He has also worked as Principal Rail/Civil Engineer and Permanent Way Lead for Mott Macdonald
  •  He also worked for Eswatini Railways as Chief Civil Engineer earlier from October 1997 to August 2001.

The Minister wished him well and was confident that he will drive the organisation forward

During the 2019 Eswatini Quality Awards which were organised and hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Trade ESR won the Company of the Year Award. ESR also won the Service of the Year Award. The wards which were sponsored by the European Union were held on the 8th November 2019. What an exhilarating moment for Stephenson Ngubane, the Chief Executive Officer. As he walked to the stage his face lit up with glee to receive the certificate of recognition and trophy for leading and organisation that is committed to quality standards and good management systems. The trophy was extended to him by the minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade who the asked the EU Ambassador, Hernandez Aragones and Deputy Senate President Ndumiso Mdluli to join him onstage. This is not the first award that ESR has won, they also won the Service of the year award in 2018 and the SADC Quality Award for Parastatals in 2018.

Esteemed ESR Stakeholders must be advised that following the end of term of the Board in 2019, the Honourable Minister for Public Works and Transport has appointed the Board of Directors for Eswatini Railways for a period f 3 years. We thank the Honourable Minister for the appointments and will continue to endeavour in Service excellence under the leadership of the Board. Here is a list of the Board Members


Chairman: Mr. Alex Mfanuzile Mngomezulu


  • Primrose Dlamini – Ministry of Finance Representative
  • Khangeziwe Mabuza – Ministry of Public Works and Transport Representative
  • Muzi A. Dlamini
  • Stephenson Z. Ngubane
  • Jack Louis Bello
  • Kholekile Mlangeni – Kudiabor

We wish them all the best as they do their duties


Eswatini Railways wins award in Service Quality in Large Enterprise Category

It is with excitement and awe to inform you that we have done it again this year, ESR won the local competition for service excellence. This was at a function held on the 9th November, 2018 at the Royal Swazi Convention Centre under the auspices of the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry. The occasion was graced by His Excellency The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Her Excellency the EU Ambassador and Honourable Ministers.

ESR got recognition for being one of the 40 participants in this completion, we were awarded a participation certificate. We then won the top prize in the large enterprises service category, we went further and was crowned the overall winner of the competition, so we brought home 3 certificates and 2 trophies. In 2017, we won the local competition and also won the SADC competition announced in March this year, by winning the 2nd time in a row shows that we are grounded in providing quality service.

As the CEO I am proud to lead a workforce that is dedicated to providing excellent service, we could not have done it without you because you are at the forefront of delivering superb service to our clients. We now have the challenge to maintain the high standard, therefore, I urge you to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of service excellence.


I applaud the SHEQ Section under the leadership of Mr. Wilson Mavela Vilane for the passion they have demonstrated in pursuit of service quality excellence even during trying times of limited resources. They have done us proud for preparing all the documentation required for the competition and convincing the judges that what is on paper is what we do on a daily basis, that is, service excellence is our way of doing business.

We know that our strength, knowledge and ability to achieve excellence is a gift from God, therefore, we say praise be unto the Lord our God Almighty.


S.Z. Ngubane
Chief Executive Officer