Govt to restructure AirZim

Air Zimbabwe is set to be restructured amid concerns that the national carrier was bleeding State coffers through loans and subsidies, with no hope of resuscitation, Transport and Infrastructural Development minister, Jorum Gumbo has said.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Gumbo said discussions were underway to restructure Air Zimbabwe and management has been warned to shape up or ship out. “If it means starting afresh, let it be, we can’t have such a work culture at Air Zimbabwe and hope that the airline can run again. We are working to ensure that we restructure, reorganise Air Zimbabwe. I can’t say much at the moment,” he said.

According to the progress report of the ministry’s 100 days target, Gumbo said $1,5 million was required for re-aligning staff and re-organisation of the State entity, which has a debt of over $370 million.

“Its books are just bad. The management needs to up the game but it is now difficult. We can’t continue to pump resources into a bottomless pit. Something has to be done,” Gumbo said.

Air Zimbabwe has two planes running and it has been stopped from hiring planes from outside, resulting in some flights being rescheduled.

AirZim, which at Independence in 1980 boasted of a fleet of 18 planes, is technically insolvent and operating at less than a third of that capacity.

The airline is reeling under a debt in excess of $330 million that has hampered efforts to engage strategic partners in a bid to retain and grow market share.

Gumbo, in his report, for the 100 days target, which his ministry undertook since the ascendency of President Emmerson Mnangagwa in November, list the commencement of works on the dualisation of Harare-Beitbridge road as a priority among other key projects.

On the dualisation project, the minister stated that the contractors were already in the country to commence works and part of the equipment has already been assembled for dispatch from South Africa.

“The contractors arrived in the country last Thursday and now what is left is for equipment, which is being assembled in South Africa to arrive probably next week,” Gumbo said.


He also stated that talks were underway for the Harare-Chirundu Road dualisation programme although he complained that the process had taken too long.

Other projects that were initiated in the 100 days of the new government, Gumbo said, include the dualisation of the Norton town to Norton tollgate road at the cost of $10 million.

The Transport ministry has also begun a feasibility study on the dualisation of Harare-Nyamapanda Road with a final report expected in July 2018.
The feasibility study, according to Gumbo, was expected to cost, $1,1 million and treasury was funding the process.

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10 Comments

  1. Hwedza Resident

    We are also appealing to the Honourable Minister to also consider widening of Mushandirapamwe to Hwedza Road which has also become inaccessible.

    1. kkkkk, you expect this Minister to heed your call. All the best Hwedza resident. Gumbo is a failure. We have heard the tune of dualisation of BB to Harare will start next month. It is ten months now and there is nothing happening on the ground.

  2. How many times has Air Zimbabwe been restructured in the last 38 years? And what makes Gumbo thinks he can make a difference if the fundamentals and the philosophy remains unchanged? Besides, he is one of the worst Ministers of Transport ever appointed to that portfolio. Very corrupt and dirty!!!!

    1. AGREED — AIRZIM IS FINISHED. BY NOT PAYING THEIR PILOTS FOR 5 YRS THEY WENT TO THE GULF
      I AM AN EX GULF AIR PILOT TRISTARS ( ALSO EX EAA PILOT, TRAINING ON COMETS FOR 6 YRS)
      NOW RETIRED ON THE SUNSHINE COAST QLD MZEE ONLY 83YRS OLD

      1. ANOTHER ZANU F******P

  3. Forgive my ignorance but why does the a4 divert via mvuma instead of going more straight from Chivhu to Masvingo via Chatsworth?

    1. what are you saying? Divert where? Isn’t the road from Harare-Chivhgu-Mvuma0-Masvingo? Chartsworth would be a detour.

  4. Where is all this money going to come from?????? I can only withdraw $100 per week. Stop Air Zim altogether – it’s not as simple and cheap to run an airline like it is to run a Range Rover or Merc. You guys will never ever get to fly to London, let alone to Joburg or Vic falls or Daressalaam. Gumbo – what do you know about running an airline?

  5. Still using the same old photo of a phantom plane, one that Air Zim never had and never will have. Shame.

  6. Air Zim has always been part of the Zanu pf gravy train, a nest of corrupt thugs and parasites only there to suck the coffers dry. Its a pattern replicated across all parastatals. 37 yrs of mismanagement in every facet of government. Lets hope and pray 2018 is the year we finally rid ourselves of this government of gangsters.

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