By Burnett Munthali
President Reverend Lazarus Chakwera promised Malawians a bullet train once voted into office. In his campaign speech Chakwera suggested that the bullet train would bring economic boost to the country. The citizens have waited for the bullet train for almost four years. The bullet train project, if implemented, could stimulate economic growth by creating jobs, promoting tourism, and enhancing business opportunities. Bullet trains also offer a comfortable and safe travel alternative, reducing the risk of road accidents. While Malawi is still dreaming, the neighboring Tanzania had realized it’s dream into action.
Bullet train, Tanzania:
Tanzania is introducing 160 kph trains that will be the fastest in East Africa by 2024. South Korea’s Hyundai Rotem is developing a 546-kilometer, high-speed electric line. In March 2021, Tanzania started testing the electrical systems for the new standard-gauge railway.
The first high-speed rail system, the Tōkaidō Shinkansen, began operations in Honshū, Japan, in 1964. Due to the streamlined spitzer-shaped nose cone of the locomotive, the system also became known by its English nickname bullet train.
Japan’s Shinkansen bullet trains introduced the world to modern high speed rail travel. Most Shinkansen currently operate at a maximum of 300 kph (186 mph), but some hit 320 kph (200 mph). The long noses are designed to reduce sonic booms in tunnels.
The engineers looked to nature to re-design the bullet train. They noticed how kingfisher birds are able to slice through the air and dive into the water to catch prey while barely making a splash. They then re-designed the front end of the train to mimic the shape of the kingfisher’s beak.
A streamlined body: To achieve speeds of 200 kilometers per hour (130 miles per hour) and more, the trains needed to be as aerodynamic (to cause as little wind resistance) as possible. That is why the front cars of the Shinkansen trains are tapered like the nose of an airplane.
Al Boraq (Arabic: البُراق, romanized: al-burāq) is a 323-kilometre (201 mi) high-speed rail service between Casablanca and Tangier in Morocco. The first of its kind on the African continent, it opened on 15 November 2018 after a decade of planning and construction by ONCF, Morocco’s national railway company.
Although dreams are so important, they mean nothing if you do not act upon them. If you constantly are thinking about them but not doing anything about them, you will eventually feel incapable and will have some doubts about your self-worth.
The Bible say about prayer without works, even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
Action is important in leadership and as a leader, it is your job to see the challenges that are coming and take immediate action to address them. Doing things that make sense for the business, even if they seem initially difficult, is crucial if you want to maximize your business’s potential.