Mozambique railroad company ends program to reduce staff

22 February 2007

Nelspruit, South Africa, 22 Feb – Mozambican state railroad and port management company, CFM, has drastically reduced its number of staff, which over the last few years have fallen from 19,387 to 1,666 workers, the company’s chairman said in Nelspruit.

During a meeting organized by CFM in partnership with its South African counterpart, Spoornet and with the Logistics Initiative of the Maputo Corridor, Rui Fonseca said that reducing staff had been part of the “program for reducing the workforce” launched in 1998 and concluded recently.

Some laid off workers were transferred to other companies, whilst others reached retirement age, died or were punished in a disciplinary process, he said.

“The company’s focus is to redefine a policy for human resources management that consists of making staffing levels appropriate to the reality of the institution and draw up a strategy for developing the workforce,” Fonseca said.

At the meeting, the CFM chairman said that the company was investing US$70 million on the construction and reconstruction of infrastructures and the acquisition of equipment to make Maputo port a preferential route in southern Africa.

According to Fonseca, US$20 million would be spent on refurbishing infrastructures, while US$50 million would serve to buy carriages and locomotives.

The aim is, by 2009, to transport around 9 million tons of cargo via the Maputo corridor. (macauhub)