THE National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is training South African Railways (SAR) train drivers ahead of that country’s 2010 Soccer World Cup, an offici
al said this week.
The NRZ initiative comes at a time when the parastatal, said by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono to be among a few state-owned enterprises beginning to show life after huge capital injections by the central bank in the past two years, has been plagued by fatal train accidents largely blamed on antiquated railway equipment.
NRZ public relations manager, Fanuel Masikati, told the businessdigest this week that 28 SAR train drivers were in the country for a three-week training programme.
“SAR approached us last month to train their drivers and we agreed to help them and as I speak, 28 drivers are already in the country for a three-week training course which started on November 20,” said Masikati.
He added: “As you know we have got the best training centre, experts and drivers in the Sadc region. SAR is doing it in preparation for the 2010 World Cup they are hosting.”
Masikati denied reports that the NRZ continued to lose experienced personnel to SAR due to poor working conditions and salaries.