ED to commission leased NRZ equipment

President Emmerson Mnangagwa will on Wednesday commission equipment leased by the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) from Transnet.

BY BUSINESS REPORTER

The equipment, comprising 13 locomotives, 200 wagons and 34 coaches, is being leased from South African rail utility, Transnet, under a clause in the framework agreement between the NRZ and the Diaspora Investment Development Group (DIDG)/Transnet Consortium, according to NRZ’s spokesperson, Nyasha Maravanyika.

“Under that clause, DIDG/Transnet will hire out equipment for use by the NRZ while negotiations on the recapitalisation deal are finalised,” he said.
Maravanyika said the equipment will address resource gaps in NRZ’s operations as an interim solution.

So far, seven locomotives, 150 wagons and seven coaches have arrived in the country.

The remainder of the equipment will be delivered in due course.

The DIDG/Transnet consortium won a bid to partner NRZ in the $400 million recapitalisation project. The project will involve the rehabilitation and renewal of plant, equipment, rolling stock, signalling and telecommunications infrastructure and the supporting information technology (IT) systems.

The project will also see the repairing and rehabilitation of infrastructure and equipment such as locomotives, wagons and coaches as well as phased modernisation of train control system. The rail parastatal is targeting to move four million tonnes of freight in 2018, up 25% from last year’s figures on the back of service level agreements signed with key customers.

Last year, NRZ signed a deal with Zimasco and CFM of Mozambique, which saw the parastatal moving about one million tonnes of chrome annually from the Great Dyke to the ports of Beira and Maputo along the Mozambican rail network.

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11 Comments

  1. Leased? OMG! Moreso, who still depends primarily on diesel locomotives? Zimbabwe! Kurasirwa kwatakaitwa uku; junkyard staff.

    1. Yes diesel electric locomotives are in being in USA,Canada,Brazil,Saudi Arabia,UAE,Russia,Australia hauling heavy loads of mining and industrial materials
      very efficiently check it out on youtube!

  2. Ohh by the way, we are one week away from the 100 day target. What have we really and meaningfully achieved other than accruing more debt? I am still yet to know.

  3. ZUMA IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE FOR CORUPTLY IMPORTING THESE WAGONS INTO SOUTH AFRICA… THEY WERE CONDEMED IN THAT COUNTRY AS UNSUITABLE FOR THE INFRASTRUCTURE THERE. OUR RAILWAY TRACKS ARE OBSOLETE AND WONT COPE WITH HEAVY TRAFFIC….BEING SEEN TO BE DOING SOMETHING IS NOT NECESSARILY DOING SOMETHING

    1. Yap, they are minoring the major and majoring the minor. They want to be seen as doing something to divert our attention from the real issues! How many jobs has ED created? Not a single job! I am sure they are in the negative owing to the civil servants who were fired. Economy hatichataura; worse than during Mugabe’s rein!

      1. Hey, your thinking is warped. I feel weak to respond to your comments. Its clear you dislike ED but man, at least give credit were it is due. Things were never better under Bob. It was all about sweeping rubbish under the carpet. Its now EDwho has to deal with that rubbish under the carpet. It will take time. Some western news outlets were talking of a recovery period of at least a decade and you are weeping after 100 days. Come on man

    2. LOL YOU GUYS WONT STOP COMPLAINING WAIT FOR THE FAILIER THEN COMPLAIN.

  4. Hey, your thinking is warped. I feel weak to respond to your comments. Its clear you dislike ED but man, at least give credit were it is due. Things were never better under Bob. It was all about sweeping rubbish under the carpet. Its now EDwho has to deal with that rubbish under the carpet. It will take time. Some western news outlets were talking of a recovery period of at least a decade and you are weeping after 100 days. Come on man

    1. NOTHING WAS MENTIONED ABOUT THE GOLD MINERS WHO ARE DIGGING UNDER THE RAILWAY LINES
      IN MANY PARTS OF YOUR TRACKS

  5. Tell them truth

    We tired of waiting ….people have been patient for 38 years what more do you expect???

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