TransNamib will retrench 43pc workforce (963 employees) by 31 March

WINDHOEK: TransNamib will retrench 43 per cent of its workforce (963 employees) by 31 March this year, to ease pressure on the railway parastatal’s strained finances and improve its productivity and efficiency.

After the retrenchment exercise, the company is expected to remaining with only 732 employees.

TransNamib’s acting Chief Executive Officer, Hippy Tjivikua told Nampa upon enquiry yesterday that the company will embark on the “right sizing exercise” in order to narrow the focus to the company’s core business activities.

He said one of the divisions that will be affected the most is Civil Engineering, which employs 447 people, mostly engineers in the area of road transportation.

Nearly all of them (445) will be retrenched.

Other areas to be affected by the retrenchment exercise are vehicle maintenance (110 employees); road operations (134 employees); service delivery (227 employees); Rail South Africa operations (20) employees; Communications and Marketing (27 employees).