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Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Straight talking...

This is not a good example of it :

[Akashabatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika] said the company has been facing some challenges in the last 20 years because of dynamism in the local, regional and global economies and the politics and philosophies that had evolved with time.

"TAZARA is coming from a peak performance of transporting above one million metric tonnes in the early days, averaging around 600,000 metric tonnes from the late 1990s to 2006, down to the lowest performance of 300,000 a few years ago," he said.
In the same article Mr Lewanika is looking for more investment - hopefully not tax payer funded because government has failed to run our railways and that first paragraph can do with more blunt speaking.  We have previously touched on the TAZARA mess here.

5 comments:

  1. That is some major league waffling!Difficult to make sense of what he is saying. Reads like a plagiriased stand alone paragraph in an essay! Why cant he just say that the company has been terribly mismanaged.

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  2. This manner of speech by a CEO of a major strategic company is very uninspiring and slightly confusing. What is he trying to tell us that we do not already know?

    He appears to be talking about the past (typical of politicians perhaps?)rather than how he intends to take TAZARA back to profitability, which is what you would expect from a CEO.

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  3. [Akashabatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika] said the company has been facing some challenges in the last 20 years because of dynamism in the local, regional and global economies and the politics and philosophies that had evolved with time.

    "TAZARA is coming from a peak performance of transporting above one million metric tonnes in the early days, averaging around 600,000 metric tonnes from the late 1990s to 2006, down to the lowest performance of 300,000 a few years ago," he said.


    Translation:

    The neoliberalism that came in vogue 20 years ago and the rise of neighboring economies like South Africa and it's transporters has opened up the market to foreign competition and put the squeeze on our turnover from transporting 1 million tonnes a year 20 years ago to 300,000 tonnes last year.

    It could have been expressed with more detail and specifics though.

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  4. Am 41 years old and I have never in my life had to comment on any political utterances. This ones makes me sick to the stomach, the CEO is actually trying to excuse himself that the ills of this strategic back bone of our economy has been going through problems for more than 20 YEARS because other countries who should be looking to use our rail line are more clever than him, what is he there for, why did he even accept the job in the first place if he had absolutely no clue what he is putting himself up for. And I beg to ask, who did the evaluation of his competency and who else was on the line for the job. Clearly this is what you expect when people are not employed on merit.
    I have never heard such levels of hopelessness from a CEO of even a smallest CC.
    PLEASE Dr. Lewanika, if you can not cope with the dynamics of the modern global markets, I beg you to leave that fat salary for someone who cares to do something and also motivate the workers in TAZARA.
    Enthusiasm has to come from the top.....really saddest open statement from some one of such top PUBLIC office

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  5. If I remember correctly, there were also problems with Dar es Salaam port in the past that affected the full utilization of TAZARA:

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/2894623.stm

    http://eabc.info/node/221

    http://www.ippmedia.com/frontend/index.php?l=14618

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