Technology boosts TAZARA collections

Technology has enabled Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) to maximise its commuter train revenue collections in a short span.


In January, TAZARA partnered with Selcom Wireless and digitalised ticket sales services to see the revenue collection climbed by over 220 per cent in the first half of this year.

The Authority digitalised the service using the Selcom Point of Sales (PoS) platform in January pushing the revenue collection climbing to 75.6m/- in June from 23.2m/- in January.

The Selcom Business and Marketing Development Manager, Juma Magori, said the sales of ticket increased tremendously after TAZARA started using their Point of Sales (PoS) which is hassle free to commuters.

“Our PoS is user friendly to commuters and TAZARA,” Mr Magori said in a release yesterday. Since January TAZARA, through Selcom software, sales climbed from 6,008 to 19,669 tickets at the end of June.

The transactions show that the number of commuters using the TAZARA train has also climbed by over 220 per cent since the system came into use.

The Business manager said following the success the firm will introduce a new card — Selcom Paypoint — which apart from settling various PoS, would also facilitate utility payments using all mobile phones networks.

“In the coming days we’ll launch a new card, which has the ability to send money through all networks,” Mr Magori said. Selcom is a local owned company founded in 2001 as a prepaid airtime distributor for Celtel now Airtel.

Over the years, Selcom focuses on playing a pioneering role in the vibrant and diverse telecommunications sector. It has now some 7,000 PoS terminals countrywide.