WITH a major relocation of rail tankers from other parts of Africa, More Wear Industries is now playing a significant part in helping to alleviate the country’s fuel shortag
The company, a division of Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Gulliver Consolidated, is providing up to 64 rail tankers to ferry fuel from Beira, in Mozambique, to Harare.
Government’s recent deregulation of fuel imports opened the way for the arrangement, which complements imports by road and rail from South Africa.
More Wear chief executive officer Munashe Nkomo said seven of the tankers, all of which had been built by More Wear, were designed to hold acid and have had to be converted to carry fuel.
The others needed refurbishment for the new route.
“We are pulling out all the stops on this one because of the fuel situation in Zimbabwe. It was a major and very challenging logistical exercise, bringing the tankers from Tanzania and Zambia, where they have been operating. But we will still complete the conversion and refurbishment in record time despite the problems on some of the regional railways which delayed the retrieval of our wagons,” said Nkomo.
He said More Wear manufactures both road and rail tankers at its Harare factory as one of its main business lines. “Most products are made to order for specific customers but we also keep our own fleet of rolling stock which we lease. Our tankers are well known for their build quality and operate all over Africa.