TransNamib has acquired five of 21 locomotives that will be added to its operations during the commissioning ceremony held at the Windhoek Rail Station today.
The Minister of Works and Transport, Erkki Nghimtina who was speaking at the ceremony said the first five locomotives are earmarked to complement and further consolidate the breakthrough initiatives and selfless efforts of TransNamib’s 180 Day Turn-Around Plan. ‘This milestone is long overdue and it could not have come at a better time as Namibia prepare herself to celebrate the hallmark of its Silver Jubilee Anniversary of 25 years of freedom, national independence and justice in less than two months,” he said.
Nghimtina however reminded that the Board, Management and staff members that the delivery of the locomotives should not be seen as the first and final step. “A lot more has to be done. These assets should be used to open up commercial and business opportunities to grow the TransNamib. At the same time, these assets should be well taken care of in order to preserve their value to continue contributing to the revenue levels of the business,” he said.
On his part, TransNamib’s Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Pieter Oosthuizen said to turn around the company require focus, resilience, handwork and commitment. “I must say that I am very proud of our working relationship with management and we are happy that our Minister is a performer who wants to see positive results and I would like to believe that we should not let you down.
This is the start of the New Era for TransNamib; an era of prosperity which all Namibians will celebrate on the 21st March 2015,” he said. The locomotives were supplied by South Africa’s Transnet at an unspecified amount.