BBR’s Thembi Moyo Retires

BBR’s Thembi Moyo Retires

After 23 years of dedicated service, Thembi Moyo will be retiring from her full-time responsibilities as the CEO of Beitbridge Bulawayo Railway (BBR) Company. BBR, in which Grindrod holds a controlling interest, is responsible for managing the rail concession in Zimbabwe between Beitbridge and Victoria Falls.

Thembi joined BBR at the company’s inception in May 1999 in preparation for the commissioning in September of the same year. While in the role of the Company Secretary, Thembi was intimately involved in the handover of the New Limpopo Bridge to The Government of Zimbabwe at the expiry of the 20-year BOOT term - the first time a BOOT concession of this nature had successfully run to term in southern Africa.

In December 2015, Thembi was appointed CEO of BBR, the first woman to lead a railway operation in Zimbabwe and southern Africa. Thembi has spearheaded multimillion-dollar business projects and steered the company through challenging economic environments. She introduced a new fleet of locomotives, expanded BBR’s operations for domestic and international traffic, and still found the time to contribute in a very personal way on behalf of BBR to institutions and individuals in need.

Thembi has had a remarkable and successful career, contributing to the growth of the BBR brand and the associated triple P (Public-Private Partnership) principle using the BOOT (Build Own Operate and Transfer) model to become a regional and international icon. Institutions such as the World Bank use NLB and BBR as reference cases for successful PPPs.

Thembi’s leadership has also been recognised by her peers, being elected to serve two consecutive terms as the Chairperson of the Southern African Railways Association (SARA).

Editor’s note: Thembi, it has been a pleasure working with you over the years. The team and I at Railways Africa Magazine wish you all the very best and thank you for your support.

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