TAZARA embarks on radical transformation

Dr Damas Ndumbaro
Dr Ndumbaro
The Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) is undergoing a transformation that will lead to improved performance following the introduction and tying of managers to performance-based contracts.

This was said by the Acting Managing Director of TAZARA, Dr Damas Ndumbaro in Zambia when he met two of TAZARA’s major customers, Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) and Impala Warehousing and Logistics in Chingola and Ndola, respectively.

“I can assure you that TAZARA is undergoing transformation as both the Tanzanian and Zambian governments are keen to see it change. Right now, there are three Committees of the Board that are monitoring every decision that we make as management,” Dr Ndumbaro said.

He assured TAZARA’s clients that the company would undergo remarkable changes because it was the desire of the shareholders to transform the company into a catalyst of development in the region, as was originally envisioned by the founders of TAZARA.

So far, he said the two Regional General Managers for Tanzania and Zambia have been made to sign performance-based contracts and all managers below are also expected to sign these contracts in due course.

“Therefore, with the serious approach and attention shown so far by the two governments, we expect a change in the working culture. Everyone is now focusing on results, especially since it has been made clear by the Board of Directors that whoever does not perform should either leave TAZARA voluntarily or be forced out,” he said.

Both KCM and Impala welcomed the developments at TAZARA and pledged to double the allocations of freight to TAZARA. KCM Head of Marketing, Logistics and Concentrate Procurement, Mr Amol Mehra said that KCM was encouraged by the commitment shown by the government of Zambia through the injection of US$32 million working capital for TAZARA.

Mr Mehra also assured the Managing Director of TAZARA that KCM was ready to increase its monthly transportation of cargo to Dar es Salaam through TAZARA to 10,000 tonnes as long as the railway was consistently able to deliver on time.

And Impala Country Manager (Zambia), Mr Clement Mwiya said that the logistics company would be happy to see change at TAZARA.

“What we would like to see is consistency and commitment to see TAZARA perform to its highest capacity with clear predictability and reliability,” said Mr Mwiya, adding that Impala was able to guarantee enough traffic in both directions of TAZARA.

Mr Mwiya said that Impala was currently moving around two trains per month (about 2,600mt) but would be happier with five or more trains of containerized cargo every month, noting that railway transportation was the preferred mode.
Source: The Daily News, www.dailynews.co.tz, reported from Dar es Salaam
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