Southern African Railways Association

SARA was formed in 1996 in terms of its Constitution in response to increasing road competition. At its formation, SARA was to originally provide the SADC railways with a strong lobbying association to pursue advocacy for fair surface transport competition to be achieved through– “levelling of the playing field” between road and rail in terms of policy and regulations.

Modal equity was to be achieved by enforcing the User Pays Principle where the road pays the full cost of road infrastructure or infrastructure support to railways by Governments. Members of SARA are predominantly railways in the SADC region, some major railway customers and suppliers, and other organisations with special interest in railways.

The SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM), Article 13.13, mandates the formation of regional associations for each transport mode. It formalised the existence of SARA and provided a platform for interaction amongst the different bodies and with the other stakeholders in their respective modes of transport or sub sectors with the view to come up with an integrated transport system in the SADC region. The mandate of SARA is defined in Article 7 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology.

Vision

To be the leader in the promotion of trade, movement of goods and passengers, social and economic growth in the SADC region and Africa as a whole.

Mission

To facilitate the creation of an environment where the railway industry is a top performer in the transport sector and make rail the mode of choice.

Guiding Principles and Values

SARA through its members strives to jointly provide cost effective seamless services in an ethical business conduct prescribed by the following:

Principles

Accountability, Convergence, Efficiency, Excellence, Interoperability, Innovativeness, Predictability, Timeliness

Values

Ethics, Equity, Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty, Professionalism, Transparency, Safety

Objectives of SARA

As a regional association of railways in the SADC region and some of their associates (customers, suppliers and other interest organisations) whose mission is to promote effective performance of railways, SARA’s mandate intends to achieve the following:

  • Levelling the playing field between surface transport modes to allow for fair competition
  • Development of adequate capacity to cater for demand
  • Improved operational efficiency and effectiveness of regional railways

FULL MEMBERS OF SARA

BBR
botswanarailways
CFB
Eswatini
grindrod
MALAWI94
Nacala
NRZ
CFM
prasa
RSR
SNCC
TAZARA
transnamib
tfr
traxtion
ZambiaRailways

ASSOCIATE MEMBERS OF SARA

ActivePower
CFL
CFM-Angola
latra
manica
plasser
TRC

SPECIAL MEMBERS OF SARA

lucchini
pandrol
saflog-new
thelo-db