TAZARA lands 165,000 ton new haulage or­der

East African Business Week - - EDITORIAL - BY TI­MOTHY KITUNDU

The new or­ders con­firm that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion as far as restora­tion of con­fi­dence is con­cerned. The mar­ket is happy and that is en­cour­ag­ing

DAR ES SALAAM, TAN­ZA­NIA - The Tan­za­nia-zam­bia Rail­way Author­ity (TAZARA) has se­cured new or­ders to trans­port at least 165,000 tonnes of freight for var­i­ous com­pa­nies on the Cop­per­belt Prov­ince of Zam­bia this year fol­low­ing a re­newed con­fi­dence to the hauler.

A state­ment is­sued by the com­pany’s Dar es Salaam office in­di­cates that the freight or­ders fol­low TAZARA Man­ag­ing Direc­tor’s vis­i­ta­tions to var­i­ous ship­pers and lo­gis­tics com­pa­nies in the North­ern, Lusaka and Cop­per­belt Prov­inces of Zam­bia from 21st to 25th Jan­uary 2017. It fur­ther re­veals that the vis­i­ta­tions re­sulted in con­fir­ma­tion of new or­ders for the trans­porta­tion of at least 15,000 tonnes ev­ery month, from Fe­bru­ary 2017, which will trans­late to about 165,000 tonnes by the end of the year. Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, all the cus­tomers vis­ited ap­pre­ci­ated the re­newed drive and im­prove­ments ex­hib­ited in the op­er­a­tions of TAZARA so far and af­firmed their con­fi­dence and de­sire to re­sume busi­ness re­la­tions with the rail­ways. “The new or­ders con­firm that we are mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion as far as restora­tion of con­fi­dence is con­cerned. The mar­ket is happy and that is en­cour­ag­ing,” says En­gi­neer Bruno Ching’andu, who was ap­pointed as Man­ag­ing Direc­tor in April 2016 and was vis­it­ing TAZARA’S cus­tomers in Zam­bia for the sec­ond time within eight months of join­ing the Author­ity. “It is ex­cit­ing that there is so much in­ter­est and de­sire to use the rail­ways,” said Ching’andu. Since join­ing TAZARA, Eng. Ching’andu has in­stilled dis­ci­pline in the rail­way op­er­a­tions, with the Author­ity now reg­is­ter­ing im­proved per­for­mance in­di­ca­tors for freight trains as well as pas­sen­ger trains. Many clients are now in­di­cat­ing that they would opt to use rail­way ser­vices in­stead of roads be­cause of the as­sured safety, se­cu­rity, re­li­a­bil­ity and ad­min­is­tra­tive con­ve­nience from the use of rail­ways. The cus­tomers vis­ited by Eng. Ching’andu in­cluded Kalung­wishi Es­tates in Kasama; Im­pala Ter­mi­nals, Bridge Ship­ping, La­farge Zam­bia Plc and Gourock Zam­bia Ltd in Ndola; Man­ica Freight and Cham­bishi Cop­per Smelter in Kitwe; and Lar­farge Zam­bia Plc in Lusaka.

ready: TAZARA re­cently took de­liv­ery of some new lo­co­mo­tives (above) these will be put to good use to haul the mer­chan­dise and per­sons to and from the Zam­bia cop­per belt.

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