The SARA Board comprises of Chief Executives of member organisations and is the supreme policy making body of the organisation. The President chosen from among the Board members on a rotational basis chairs the Board. The tenure of office for the SARA President and Vice President is one year in terms of the SARA Constitution. The SARA Executive Director is an ex-officio member of the Board.
Executive Management Committee (EMC)
The Executive Management Committee (EMC) is chaired by the Vice President and comprises of three selected EXCO members. The EMC is responsible for administration and SARA Secretariat employee welfare.
Strategy Steering Committee (SSC)
The Strategy Steering Committee (SSC) comprises of three selected EXCO members and is chaired by the “next in line Vice President”. The role of the SARA Strategy Committee is to assist the Board to fulfil its oversight responsibilities relating to the medium and long-term strategic direction and development of SARA.
Executive Committee (EXCO)
The SARA Executive Committee (EXCO) is made up of officers appointed by their respective organisations. The Vice-President of the Board chairs EXCO. It oversees the functioning of the Association and may act on behalf of and exercise the powers of the Board, reporting its action at the next meeting of the Board for approval.
SARA operates through committees when carrying out its business activities. The five committees are Business Management Committee (BMC), Technical Committee (TC), Risk Management and Safety Committee (RMSC), Information and Communication Technology Committee (ICTC), and Finance and Audit Committee (FAC). The naming of the committees is in line with their responsible areas of focus and specialisation.
Corridor Management Groups (CMGs)
These are multi-disciplinary committees responsible for managing specific corridors. All aspects of railway business pertaining to a particular corridor is handled by these committees. There are twelve Corridor Management Groups (CMGs) according to the number of Corridors in SARA (Beira, Beitbridge, Dar es Salaam, Goba, Limpopo, Lobito, Nacala, Namibian, Plumtree, Ressano Garcia, Richards Bay and Central Corridor).
Joint Operating Centres (JOCs)
The JOCs manages and monitors the day to day running of trains along corridors. There are seven JOCs.
Nacala JOC comprising of CFM (N), CEAR, ZRL and SNCC. Based on this the Secretariat is to increase its effort with assistance from CFM to bring CEAR & CDN to be SARA members.
These are multi-disciplinary committees responsible for managing specific corridors. All aspects of railway business pertaining to a particular corridor is handled by these committees. There are eleven Corridor Management Groups (CMGs) according to the number of Corridors in SARA (Beira, Beitbridge, Dar es Salaam, Goba, Limpopo, Lobito, Namibian, Plumtree, Ressano Garcia, Richards Bay and Central Corridor).
The SARA Secretariat comprises of the Executive Director, Finance Director, Director Technical & Operations, Deputy Director Operations & Technical, Office Assistant and Driver/Messenger/Gardener.
For enhanced coordination of SARA programmes at national level, Railway Administrations have seconded officers to SARA as their national focal point persons to be referred to as National Programme Coordinators.
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The current SARA strategy addresses five strategic focus areas of advocacy and lobbying, infrastructure development, railway operations, resource mobilisation, marketing and publicity and safety.