SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS
ASSOCIATION 10 YEAR JOURNEY
Formation of SARA
 SARA was formed in 1996 as an offshoot of two
organisations, the Southern African Development
Coordina...
Formation of SARA cont’d
 Need for a lobby group as identified by the CIDA funded
study of 1994/95 with the following maj...
Founding members of SARA
 The following are the founding members of SARA;
 Botswana Railways (BR)
 Companhia do Caminho...
Secretariat
 The SARA Secretariat was formed in 1998 with the main
function of coordinating the activities of the Associa...
SARA Presidents
 The SARA Board’s rotating presidency has been held as
follows;
 Mr. A.S. Le Roux – Spoornet (1996/97)
...
Key stakeholders
 SARA’s key stakeholders are;
 Customers
 Governments
 Collaborating partners/donors
 Employees
 Su...
SARA’s achievements
 Lobbying & advocacy
 Notable success in convincing governments on the importance of railways.
 Pos...
SARA’s achievements cont’d
 Technical improvements
 Maintenance standards on wagons improved to allow them to cover
1000...
SARA achievements cont’d
 Membership base
 New member railways have joined SARA over the years as follows;
 SNCC (year)...
Challenges
 The following challenges have been
confronting SARA over the years;
 Lack of funding for rail infrastructure...
SARA today
 The Association now boasts of 21 members
of which 13 are full members and 8 are
associates.
 New membership ...
SARA today cont’d
 Mission
 To facilitate the creation of an environment
whereby the railway industry is a top performer...
SARA today cont’d
 Objectives
 To promote the railway industry in the SADC region.
 Advocate for fair and sustainable c...
Addressing challenges & way forward
 Thrust of strategy and vision
 The new SARA strategy developed in 2004 aims to
elev...
Areas requiring assistance from
governments & collaborating partners
 Financing of railway infrastructure
 Levelling of ...
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Southern African Railways Association 10 Year Journey

  1. 1. SOUTHERN AFRICAN RAILWAYS ASSOCIATION 10 YEAR JOURNEY
  2. 2. Formation of SARA  SARA was formed in 1996 as an offshoot of two organisations, the Southern African Development Coordinating Conference (SADCC) Railways Chief Executives Conference (SRCEC) & the Southern African Railways Chief Executives Conference after realising the;  continued decline in railway market share and  failure by governments to continue subsidizing railways  increase in road haulage  need to re-design railway services to fulfil;  Customer demands  Competitive cost  Service predictability & safety  Seamless one stop service  Promoting sharing of resources
  3. 3. Formation of SARA cont’d  Need for a lobby group as identified by the CIDA funded study of 1994/95 with the following major areas of advocacy;  Fair surface transport competition  Infrastructure funding  Overloading controls  Improving governments’ awareness of the importance of rail as a mode of transport  Article 13.1 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology recognises SARA and other regional organisations.
  4. 4. Founding members of SARA  The following are the founding members of SARA;  Botswana Railways (BR)  Companhia do Caminho de Ferro de Benguela (CFB)  Portos E Caminhos de Ferro de Mozambique EP (CFM)  Malawi Railways (1994) Ltd  National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ)  Spoornet (SPN)  Swaziland Railway (SR)  Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA)  TransNamib  Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL)
  5. 5. Secretariat  The SARA Secretariat was formed in 1998 with the main function of coordinating the activities of the Association.  The Secretariat office is based in Harare, Zimbabwe.  Engineer Remigious Makumbe (now with SADC Secretariat) was the first Secretary General (Executive Director) of SARA.  The current Executive Director is Mr. Bernard Dzawanda.  The Secretariat is financed by annual subscriptions from members.
  6. 6. SARA Presidents  The SARA Board’s rotating presidency has been held as follows;  Mr. A.S. Le Roux – Spoornet (1996/97)  Mr. A. Ramji – Botswana Railways (1997/98)  Mr. A.Mabena- National Railways of Zimbabwe (1998/99)  Mr. B.Crawford – Zambia Railways Limited (1999/2000)  Mr. G.Mahlalela – Swaziland Railway (2000/01 & 2001/2)  Mr. E.Dvir – Beitbridge Bulawayo Railways (2002/03)  Eng. R.Fonseca – CFM (2003/04)  Mr. J.Shaetonhodi – TransNamib (2004/05 & 2005/06)  Mr. B.Botana – Railway Systems of Zambia (2006/07)  Dr G.Mahlalela – Swaziland Railway (2007/08)
  7. 7. Key stakeholders  SARA’s key stakeholders are;  Customers  Governments  Collaborating partners/donors  Employees  Suppliers  Community
  8. 8. SARA’s achievements  Lobbying & advocacy  Notable success in convincing governments on the importance of railways.  Positive outcomes recorded on fuel levies.  Levelling of playing field remains a major challenge.  Operations improvement  Progress made on sharing of resources and through working leading to improved transit times.  Joint train planning  Creation of Corridor Management Groups  Customer base/business volume  Business volume has not significantly improved since the formation of SARA but the railways have managed to retain some major customers
  9. 9. SARA’s achievements cont’d  Technical improvements  Maintenance standards on wagons improved to allow them to cover 1000km before examination.  Ability by members to maintain each other’s equipment hence facilitating smooth interchange.  Training  Joint training of staff in areas of operations, marketing, safety and technical services.  Projects  Rolling Stock Information System (RSIS).  Austrian Development Agency funded track maintenance project.
  10. 10. SARA achievements cont’d  Membership base  New member railways have joined SARA over the years as follows;  SNCC (year)  Tanzania Railway Corporation (year)  Beitbridge Bulawayo Railways (year)  Railway Systems of Zambia (year)  CCFB (year)  Angola x 2 (year)  Other new associate members include Imperial Fleet Services, Manica Africa, Railway Safety Regulator of South Africa.
  11. 11. Challenges  The following challenges have been confronting SARA over the years;  Lack of funding for rail infrastructure  Equipment availability & standardisation  Skills drain  Internal versus regional procedures
  12. 12. SARA today  The Association now boasts of 21 members of which 13 are full members and 8 are associates.  New membership thrust to admit customers, suppliers and other interest groups adopted in 2004.  New membership composition provides the much needed balance for exchange of information and ideas that enhance service provision.
  13. 13. SARA today cont’d  Mission  To facilitate the creation of an environment whereby the railway industry is a top performer and make rail transport the mode of choice.  Vision  To be the leader in the promotion of trade, movement of goods and passengers, and economic growth in the SADC region and Africa as a whole.
  14. 14. SARA today cont’d  Objectives  To promote the railway industry in the SADC region.  Advocate for fair and sustainable competition among all surface transport providers.  Promote regional and continental rail network connectivity.  Exploit interconnectivity and achieve cross border operability.  Promote alliances for the exchange of technical information, strategies, skills development and training  Develop, enhance and harmonise policies, governance and business processes.  Promote alliances with other modes of transport where opportunities exist in order to achieve synergy and provide total logistics solutions.
  15. 15. Addressing challenges & way forward  Thrust of strategy and vision  The new SARA strategy developed in 2004 aims to elevate the association’s performance by focusing on;  Membership drive  Capacity building in railways  Projects funding  Operations improvement  Standardisation of operating resources and procedures  Customer service and performance improvement.
  16. 16. Areas requiring assistance from governments & collaborating partners  Financing of railway infrastructure  Levelling of the playing field between road and rail.  Duty exemptions on imported recapitalisation equipment and spares.  Exemption from fuel levies.  Public Private Partnerships (PPPs)  Enforcement of overloading controls on roads  Information technology and capacity building

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