Message from the President

I express my gratitude to the Board for their confidence in my abilities to lead the Southern African Railway Association (SARA) and wish to thank the outgoing President, Johny Smith, CEO of TransNamib, for a job well done in navigating the organisation through the global pandemic.

SARA was established in 1996, as a response to increasing competition from road transportation in the region. Originally, to provide the Southern African Development Community (SADC), with a strong lobbying association to pursue advocacy for fair surface transport competition, to be achieved by the “levelling-of-the-playing-field”, between road and rail in terms of policy and regulations.

However, there is more to the SARA organisation than just policy and regulation. Now, the role of SARA as a railway body is more significant than ever before. As we face a critical point in post-pandemic economic recovery, climate change and equally important, the ability to secure supply chains in the future. This is to ensure that Africa can move both its people and its goods, not only efficiently but competitively. Hence, the focus must be on delivering railway infrastructure and operations that don’t just meet the needs today, but that of the future.

To achieve the vision for rail in the region we cannot work in isolation. We must collaborate, we must collectively find solutions that will transform rail transportation, through innovation, to deliver an increased modal shift. The SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition provides the platform for collaboration between all stakeholders, including OEMs, suppliers, and manufacturers.

It is on this note that I invite you to participate in the 11th annual, Southern African Railway Association’s Conference and Exhibition – come engage with our region’s railway CEOs, executive teams, and of course our region’s Transport Ministers, to set the course for economic prosperity through rail for our region.

Sizakele Mzimela,
President, SARA,
CEO, Transnet Freight Rail

Following our Board meeting in June this year, we officially announced the following changes to the SARA leadership.

Taking over as the President of the South African Railway Association for the next 12 months is Sizakele Mzimela, the Chief Executive Officer of Transnet Freight Rail.

Taking over as the Deputy President of the South African Railway Association for the next 12 months is Miguel José Matabel, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ports and Railways Company of Mozambique – Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (CFM).

Sizakele Mzimela

Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) Chief Executive, Ms. Sizakele Mzimela joined the Transnet Executive Team in April 2020 and is tasked with overseeing the division that provides rail infrastructure and operates rail services over major corridors to transport commodities for export, regional and domestic markets.

Miguel José Matabel

Miguel José Matabel, began his long career at the Mozambique Ports and Railways (CFM) company on June 25, 1974. He has held and occupied various positions in the company, of which, the post of Executive Director of CFM North between1989- 1992, and Executive Director of CFM South, 1992- 1995.

Babe Botana,
Executive Director,
Southern African Railways Association (SARA)

Message from the Executive Director

We are looking forward to welcoming you to the 11th annual Southern Africa Railway Association’s (SARA) Conference and Exhibition, taking place between 26-28 October 2022, at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand, South Africa.

It must be explicitly stated that our annual event is the only rail event in the region which is hosted by all the SADC railway operators and fully supported by the SADC Ministers responsible for rail transport.

SARA, as an Association was formed in 1996 in line with Article 13.13 of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology (PTCM) which mandates the formation of a regional Association for each transport mode. The mandate of SARA is defined in Article 7 of the PTCM and covers the creation of a conducive environment for an integrated transport system in the SADC region, lobbying and advocating for effective rail infrastructure development and policy activities, as well as initiating and playing a leading role in the implementation of regional projects for the benefit of regional railways.

As the only legitimate mouthpiece for the railways in the SADC region, SARA works together with customers, suppliers, manufacturers, funding agencies, technology solution providers, as well as other interested organisations to promote the railway industry in SADC. By developing and implementing strategies that improve the viability of the railway transport business – through the provision of safe, integrated, cost-effective and predictable one-stop seamless services.

The SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition is an information and expertise exchange platform, where key railway stakeholders interact on an annual basis to facilitate the development and harmonization of regional transport policies, as well as the development of transport integration strategies.

The Conference provides a forum for the promotion of strategic alliances with other modes of transport through the exchange of technical information for the achievement of synergy and the provision of total logistical solutions.

This year’s theme, “Transforming rail transportation through innovative logistic solutions for an increased modal shift,” is extremely relevant since it aligns with SARA’s vision for the facilitation of trade in the region, through the provision of seamless, cost-effective and efficient total logistics solutions.

This calls for railway revitalisation, for the railways to become the preferred mode of choice and the leading provider of world-class logistics solutions for the region. This vision demands efficiency in regional railway operations, and connectivity, as well as efficiency in intermodal operations. In addition to investment and funding, through which solutions that drive the movement of both freight and passengers by rail can be found.

The 2022, SARA event, therefore, provides the opportunity for you to build new relationships, showcase your products and services and meet your customers under one roof especially now that COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Babe Botana,
Executive Director,
Southern African Railways Association (SARA)

Meet our Speakers

Our conference programme for the upcoming SARA event will cover these main thematic areas:

  • Transforming Rail Transportation Through Innovative Logistics Solutions For An Increased Modal Shift
  • The Importance Of Rail Transportation To Regional Integration And Trade
  • Railway Infrastructure Development/ Maintenance Projects
  • Modern Technology To Increase Rail Efficiency
  • The New Railway Operating Models
  • PPPs As Enabler To Grow Rail Market Share Within The SADC Region
  • Regional Passenger Rail Prospects As An Affordable Mode Of Transport
  • Enforcing Rail Safety Standards in the Region

 

Our speakers for this year’s event include Transport Ministers and CEOs from the region’s railway operators.

SADC VIP SPEAKERS

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Hon. Chief Ndlaluhlaza Ndwandwe
Minister of Public Works and Transport
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Eswatini
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Hon. John Mutorwa
Ministry of Works and Transport
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Namibia
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Hon. Lebohang Monaheng
Ministry of Public Works and Transport
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Lesotho
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Hon. Eric Molale
Minister of Transport and Public Works
botswana
Botswana
Cherubin-Okende
Hon. Cherubin Okende
Minister of Transport
DRC
DRC
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Hon. Nancy Mdooko
Minister of Transport and Public Works
malawi
Malawi
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Hon. Frank Tayali
Minister of Transport and Logistics
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Zambia
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Hon. Leonard Chamuriho
Minister for Works, Transport and Communication
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Tanzania
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Hon. Fikile Mbalula
Minister of Transport South African
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South Africa
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Hon. Mateus Magala
Minister of Transport and Communications
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Mozambique
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Hon. Ricardo de Abreu
Minister of Transport
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Angola
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Hon. Felix T Mhona
Minister of Transport
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Zimbabwe

KEY SPEAKERS

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Eng. Bruno Tandeo Ching’andu
Chief Executive Officer
TAZARA - Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority
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Tshepo Kgare
Chief Executive Officer
Railway Safety Regulator
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Nixon Dlamini
Chief Executive Officer
Eswatini Railways
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Chelesile Malele
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Botswana Railways
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Masanja Kungu Kadogosa
Chief Executive Officer
Tanzania Railways Corporation
Bernard PEILLE
Bernard Peille
Managing Director
Alstom
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Johny Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Transnamib Holdings
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Respina Zinyanduko
General Manager
National Railways of Zimbabwe
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Kevin Pillay
CEO
Siemens Mobility South Africa
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Fred Mwila
Acting Chief Executive Officer
Zambia Railway Limited
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Daniel Quipaxe
Chief Executive Officer
Caminho De Ferro De Mocamedes
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Antonio Manuel Cabral
Chief Executive Officer
Caminho De Ferro De Benguela
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Habibu Suluo
Director General
Land Transport Regulatory Authority - LATRA
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Frank Hamann
Director Business Development
Siemens Mobility
Markus Kluczka
Markus Kluczka
Senior Advisor - Finance Advisory team
Siemens Mobility
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Eng. Miguel José Matabel
President and Chairman of the Board of Directors
Caminhos De Ferro De Moçambique (CFM)
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Fabien Mutomb
Chief Executive Officer
SNCC - Société Nationale des Chemins de fer du Congo
HishaamEmeran
Hishaam Emeran
Acting Group CEO
Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa
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Sizakele Mzimela
Chief Executive
Transnet Freight Rail
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Julio Bango Joachim
Chief Executive Officer
Caminho De Ferro De Luanda
Makgola-Makololo
Makgola Makololo
Managing Director
Alstom

Why attend as a delegate?

The Southern African Railway Associations (SARA) event is Africa’s only railway event hosted by Railway Operators and this includes Transport Ministers from the region. As a delegate, not only will you get to hear first-hand about the projects and opportunities on offer, but you will also get to engage with key decision-makers from both railway operators and transport ministries.

If you are registering for more than 5 (five) people please contact the conference team to make use of our group booking discount options.
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Meet our Exhibitors

A hearty welcome to the SARA 2022 exhibitors! After such a long time apart, we can’t wait to reconnect with the industry.

Our exhibition area provides the perfect platform to showcase your products and services – and let’s be honest, this is the greatest opportunity to connect with your customers, at the same time, under one roof!

If you have not booked your space yet, or would like to see the latest floor plan, connect with the SARA Conference and Exhibition organising team, there is still time.

“To achieve the vision for rail in the region we cannot work in isolation. We must collaborate, we must collectively find solutions that will transform rail transportation, through innovation, to deliver an increased modal shift. The SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition provides the platform for collaboration between all stakeholders, including OEMs, suppliers, and manufacturers.”

Sizakele Mzimela, SARA President and CEO, Transnet Freight Rail
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BBR
botswanarailways
CFL
ceeng
Eswatini
ECIC
Gauteng Growth and Development Agency
gearrail
GIBB
Gibela
Goldschmidt
grindrod
huawei
IDC
lucchini
NRZ
pandrol
plasser
CFM
prasa
progressrail
RSR
saflog-new
SNCC
swasap
swctech
TRC
TAZARA
barberrygroup
tfr
traxtion
Trilogical
UP
vanrail
voestalpine
wabtec
ZambiaRailways

SARA Rail Celebrates Women's Month

We are just as encouraged by the number of women not only represented in the rail industry across the region, but leading the sector! Listen to our SARA President, Sizakele Mzimela message for this women’s month.

Railway Safety Regulator Women's Month Message

Women’s month message from Tshepo Kgare, CEO of the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR). Tshepo is encouraged to see the growing representation of women in the railway sector, but at the same time highlights some of the challenges being experienced by female train drivers. Happy Women’s Month.

The Railway Safety Regulator invites you to participate at the upcoming SARA Rail Conference

Tshepo Kgare, CEO of the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), invites you to participate at the upcoming Southern African Railway Associations (SARA) Conference and Exhibition taking place in October. The RSR plays a key role in safe railway operations locally in South Africa and is responsible for overseeing cross-boarder operations into South Africa. Safe railway operations are critical to Transforming Rail Transportation Through Innovative Logistics Solutions For An Increased Modal Shift

Enforcing Rail Safety Standards in the Region

At the upcoming Southern African Railway Association (SARA) Conference and Exhibition – the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR), will be hosting a session focused on Enforcing Rail Safety Standards in the Region. Looking at compliance to safety standards for the elimination of train accidents as well as technology that will enhance railway safety. If you are looking to transform rail transportation through innovative logistic solutions for an increased modal shift – then safety plays a critical role in achieving this shift.

We invite you to be part of the discussion, to showcase your solutions that could positively impact safe railway operations.

SAFlog to attend the 11th SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition

Thami Gwala from SAFlog shares his views on the upcoming Southern African Railway Association Conference and Exhibition, taking place from 26-28 October at the Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Thami is right, it’s been too long and we can’t wait to reconnect!

SARA Rail Conference & Exhibition 2022: Dr. Fezile Dantile

Managing Director of Plasser South Africa Dr. Fezile Dantile invites you to attend the Southern African Railway Association (SARA) Conference and Exhibition, which will be held in Johannesburg from 26 – 28 October 2022. Plasser South Africa is in the business of mechanised railway track maintenance and construction, is a member of SARA and is represented on the SARA board. Find out more about Plasser and the SARA event in this video.

Lucchini SA to exhibit at SARA Rail Conference and Exhibition

Lucchini SA is a proudly South African supplier of railway wheels into the SADC region.

Dr. Fezile Dantile invites you to attend the CEO Think Tank

Managing Director of Plasser South Africa, Dr. Fezile Dantile invites you to attend the CEO Think Tank at the Southern African Railway Association (SARA) Conference and Exhibition, which will be held in Johannesburg from 26 – 28 October 2022. Plasser South Africa is in the business of mechanised railway track maintenance and construction, is a member of SARA and is represented on the SARA board.

Your point of Contact: Should you require any further information or have any questions about our upcoming event – please contact:

 

Dominic Dzimba

Head of Marketing / PR and Events SARA

dominic@sararailconference.com
Tel: 011 452 4991
Mobile: 084 516 6834

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