By Innocent Nxumalo
The viability of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) has once again come under the spotlight with a vibrant bulk transportation system a key requirement of the country’s economic blueprint, National Development Strategy (NDS-1).
As the nation continues to search for solutions to turnaround the beleaguered rail sector which has in the past survived on government bailout, authorities have challenged the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to focus on quick wins and deliverable strategies.
“The ease of doing business starts with lowered transportation costs. A competitive bulk transportation system has an undisputed impact on how our economy can perform as we set our eyes on the national vision.
“As we launch NRZ strategic plan, we call everyone to come on board in the reawakening of this railway giant,” said the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Hon. Judith Ncube.
The Permanent Secretary for Corporate Governance, State Enterprises Reform and Procurement in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Mr. Willard Manungo, said, “It is now a legal requirement for every entity to operate under a strategic plan. This NRZ strategic plan speaks to NDS that will culminate in the achievement of National Vision. If diligently followed, we are positive to attain a positive outcome.”
NRZ board chairperson, Advocate Martin Dinha, challenged the company to focus on its 10-year turnaround strategy.
“The strategy specifically speaks on how we can redeem NRZ from its situation and activate it to contribute in the realization of national vision. It spells out how we envisage to transform this entity into a modern railway giant.
“It is important that stakeholders and NRZ family own this plan for them to drive it forward,,” he said.
The three-phased strategy has a target of securing 122 locomotives and over six thousand wagons.