04 Mar 2014 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 MAR (NAMPA) - TransNamib Holdings and South Africas Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Windhoek on Tuesday.
The MoU meant is to formalise the relationship between the two entities in the areas of business process re-engineering, capacity-building and transfer of railway operation industry skills, knowledge and competencies.
The areas of cooperation are mainly aimed at aiding TransNamib's efforts to optimise the planning and utilisation of resources in order to achieve maximum output efficiency and effectiveness.
TransNamibs Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Sara Naanda who signed the agreement on behalf of TransNamib, said the entity is now at a stage where it is finalising its new strategic business plan, a Charter which will guide the organisation's path and new direction going into the future. The implementation of the new business plan will require dedicated effort, knowledge and experience in order to make it a success and achieve its intended purpose, Naanda said.
She added that as much as TransNamib believe they can do it on their own, they cannot let an opportunity to work with TFR, which has expertise and experience in the rail sector, go.
TFRs CEO Siyabonga Gama said during the signing ceremony the South African company and TransNamib have a common vision and shared goal to migrate commodities from road to rail transport.
Gama went on to say southern Africa has a lot of road transport, and these vehicles including trucks cause congestion on the roads, emit carbon dioxide at levels higher than what the railway industry emits, and cause accidents.
He noted that both entities share the same objective when it comes to making sure they increase the market share of the rail system, and in terms of freight amongst the two countries.
Asked how TransNamib is planning on getting members of the public to transport goods by rail instead of by road, Naanda referred to the companys new strategic business plan.
That will become our core focus, for TransNamib to become a customer-centric organisation that will respond to our customers needs, she told Nampa.
Naanda indicated that this vision has been taken up with the Ministry of Works and Transport so they can see what TransNamibs needs are, in order to ensure they have the rolling stock (locomotives, carriages and more) that is required, and that the infrastructure is upgraded to fulfil their vision.