publication . Article . 2008

Operating a railway system within a challenging environment: Economic history and experiences of Zimbabwe’s national railways

Charles Mbohwa;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Nov 2008 Journal: Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management (issn: 2310-8789, eissn: 1995-5235, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: AOSIS
Abstract
This paper presents a historical background to the development of the railways in Zimbabwe and then discusses their current state. Besides being a landlocked country in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe has since 2000 been saddled with socio-economic and political challenges which have seen a decline in all economic indices, hence posing some challenges to its railways. This article discusses the challenges faced by the railways as a result of high inflation, unstable currency exchange rate, brain drain, poor management, government interference in management, customs border delays, and energy shortage. The problems have been addressed in unique ways and unusual solution...
Subjects
free text keywords: Shipment of goods. Delivery of goods, HF5761-5780, Transportation and communications, HE1-9990
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