Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for the below mentioned position;
SWAZI RAIL LINK - PROJECT DIRECTOR
MAIN FUNCTION OF THE JOB: To deliver a new rail link that meets the specifications of a heavy haul train operations, dedicated to freight transportation. To carry out all other works associated with the construction of the new line. To handle the communities affected in particular the homesteads to be relocated and resettled and create a good working relationship ensuring coexistence of the new line operations with the traditional authorities, the communities and the relocated and resettled families.
• Degree in Civil Engineering from a recognized reputable University
• A Professional Engineer with experience in infrastructure projects
• A Masters' Degree in Engineering or Business Administration will be an added advantage
• Procurement and Contracts Management
• Project Management
• Knowledge of railway industry an added advantage
• At least 15 years work experience in an Engineering field at Senior Management level
• Experience in Construction Management Planning
PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES AND COMPETENCIES:
• High level of Integrity, Professionalism andTransparency
• Good Interpersonal skills a Possess Socio-cultural etiquette
• Leadership skills
• Good Organizational skills a Communication skills
KEY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The job deliverables include but not limited to:
APPLICATIONS: Written applicationstogether with a comprehensive CV, Certified copies of academic qualifications and relevant referees are to be submitted or eniailed no later than 8th March 2018 to recruitmentPswazirail.co.sz or addressed to: The Director: Human Resource & Development Swaziland Railway P.O. Box 475 Mbabane H100
If you do not receive any feedback within one month of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Birth of Railway in Swaziland In 1879 the discovery of gold in Swaziland brought a horde of prospectors to King Mbandzeni's kraal at Embekelweni in search of concession of every kind from His Majesty. There were requests for land and mineral rights, to which were added petitions for concessions to build railways and even run refreshment bars on them. Credit goes to Alexander McCorkindale for first pursuing the idea of a railway in Swaziland in 1865. In fact, when the railway was eventually built 99 years later , it was suggested it be named the McCorkindale Railway but this was turned down and it was given the name it bears today of Swaziland Railway.
Almost a century passed before these early dreams were to become a reality and not before the question of a railway linking South Africa to the Kosi Bay via Swaziland had been raised as a political pawn during the 1920s. This was when the suggestion was made that Swaziland be incorporated into the Union of South Africa.
The New Railway
At the bottom of the Ngwenya Mountain, the fledgling Swaziland Railway, which celebrated it 40th birthday in 2004, was eventually built. Plate laying began in March 1963 and on 5 November 1964, the new railway was officially opened by the Ngwenyama, King Sobhuza II. Swaziland Railway was established for the sole purpose of transporting a single commodity - iron ore.
Swaziland Railway was concessioned to Mozambican Railway- CFM from the beginning up to 1978. Following the independence of Mozambique in 1974, an exchange yard was built at Siweni, enabling Swaziland Railway to take over all its operations and steam locomotives were leased from South African Railway during the transition. During the same period, the Railway was administered by management teams seconded in turn from Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) Railways, Canadian National Railways and South African Railways.
The transition period was marked by a decline in traffic and revenue due to problems experienced by CFM, which made Swaziland to look for alternative routes. Plans were then made to access Durban and the South African hinterland and a new 90 km line from Phuzumoya to Golela was built and commissioned on 1st. November 1978.
Following this development, it was decided to further connect the Golela/ Phuzumoya line to Komatipoort, thus providing a North-South link through Swaziland. This Northern Line as it is commonly called was commissioned on 14 February 1986 and it enables traffic from Northern countries like South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and DRC to flow to and from the Ports of Richard’s Bay and Durban.
During the early 1990s, Swaziland Railway, which does not usually carry passengers, was a major player in the repatriation of Mozambican refugees who had sought asylum in Swaziland during their country's civil war. No passengers had previously been conveyed, other than those riding the steam trains which, until recently, were utilized for pleasure excursions.
Swaziland Railway Today
Swaziland Railway moves a wide diversity of traffic, including Swaziland's export commodities of sugar, coal, canned fruit, wool pulp and timber, as well as imported goods such as petroleum products and general goods. The Railway also operates a state of the art Dry Port which is a satellite port for Durban Port.
The 300 km continuously welded network with concrete sleepers cover the whole network. The network extends east from Matsapha Industrial Site to Phuzumoya where it connects with Northern rail link to access the South African ports of Durban and Richards Bay. The Mananga link to the North provides access to northern countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, and DRC.
Swaziland Railway presently has a staff of 327 persons and moves on the average 4 million tonnes a year. About 75% of the traffic is transit traffic which makes the small railway a bridge railway. The Railway has capacity to move 80,50 and 40 wagon trains which is unique in Africa