KELLY NJOMBO, Lusaka
THE Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) has this year received freight traffic orders in excess of 600,000 tonnes on both ends of the railway line owing to improved safety and security standard.
TAZARA managing director Bruno Ching’andu has since challenged the workers to rise to the occasion and take advantage of the abundant cargo presented to the authority for transportation, after a successful marketing campaign embarked on last year.
“We have to prove our relevance to our shareholders as well as to the public by moving all the freight that has been availed to us,” said Mr Ching’andu in a statement issued by TAZARA head of public relations Conrad Simuchile.
Mr Ching’andu further commended the workers for winning back the customer confidence and challenged them to focus on delivery and prove to the public that the authority is capable of meeting the market demand.
He urged workers to be innovative and think outside the box to overcome capacity constraints being faced.
He said the huge demand for the railway transportation services, coupled with the goodwill from the governments of Tanzania and Zambia is sufficient to encourage every worker to be creative.
“TAZARA management is actively seeking to increase the fleet of locomotives and wagons through short-term measures such as leasing of the required equipment and allowing other external operators to ply the railway within a few weeks.