Namibia: Transnamib Joins Hands With SA Railway Regulator

Namibia: Transnamib Joins Hands With SA Railway Regulator :TransNamib Holdings will soon sign a cooperative agreement with the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) of South Africa to strengthen its approach on regulating safety in the country’s railway sector.

TransNamib Board Chairman Festus Lameck made the announcement during the launch of the rail carrier’s safety campaign on Tuesday at Walvis Bay.

He said the issue of self-regulating safety in the railway sector is a big challenge for the rail carrier due to the fact that TransNamib has been regulating itself for decades.

Lameck them emphasised that safety in the railway sector should be a shared responsibility especially at this stage where safety is a serious concern in the country.

“Conceptualizing an independent regulatory model based on the need to sustain improvement in safety performance should be vigorously advocated for by all partners including the Ministry of Works and Transport,” explained Lameck.

He then pointed out that working with the South African railway regulator could not have come at a better time as the self-regulatory body is rich in experience and advice to ensure safety on the railway becomes a norm.

“They have learned invaluable lessons throughout the years which can serve as tools for us to strengthen our approach in regulating safety in the railway sector,” he said.

He said the team already has been instrumental in sharing experience on how TransNamib can deal with safety matters effectively.

“The fact that RSR has come forward and is willing to formalize cooperation on safety measures with TransNamib gives us new hope and positive anticipation that the two organisations will do all to improve workplace and public railway safety,” he further stated.

Also speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer of the RSR, Nkululeko Poya, said railways have an important role to play in terms of providing a safer, cleaner and more cost effective mode of transport.

Statistics indicate that rail travel is a safer mode of land transportation than road.

“This safety is of paramount importance to all individuals, families and organisations. Given the link between safety and costs, organisations today are acutely aware of the expenses incurred in unsafe working environments that result in hazardous conditions and defeat the purpose of any organization.

Namibia Transnamib Joins Hands With SA Railway Regulator

Source : allafrica.com

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