On November 17th, Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa began implementing a set of strategic restructuring measures, the aim of which is to adapt the company’s vision and mission to the challenges and opportunities of the national and regional energy sector.
The aforementioned changes range from those linked to the institutional structure and a review of the human resources policy, and culminate in the new vision of implementing projects to reinforce the enterprise’s productive capacity, from the current 2,075 MW to 4,000 MW, by 2032.
As part of the process, of the previous 22 organic units of the company, including the engineering, technical support and administrative areas, the HCB Executive Committee, after conducting studies and strategic reflections on the company’s operation, decided to reduce first-line Organic Units from 22 to 16 (Directorates and Offices) and the second-line Organic Units (Departments) from 40 to 30.
“The new organic structure is lighter and conveys greater work dynamics and has direct positive impacts on the Company’s productivity. It focuses its efforts on maintaining the current electricity production complex (Capex Vital Project) and on growth and expansion projects, namely, the 400 MW Photovoltaic Plant and Central Norte,” Chairman of the Board of the HCB Tomás Matola said.
Through the ongoing process, the human resources policy benefited from the review and correction of bottlenecks that created inefficiency in the progression and promotion of employees and also created barriers to the rotation of staff in management roles.
Justicio Zefanias, Secretary of the Trade Union Committee at HCB, representing the workers, assured that they were very satisfied as the new structure and the other changes introduced would have a direct positive impact on the quality of work and life of the workers, adding that: “The changes that are being introduced in the human resources policy will allow for a better framework, justice and salary equity for employees with the same experience and who perform the same functions, something that has been demanded by the work force for a long time.”
The presentation ceremony of the new structure and the inauguration of the new management team took place in front of all workers at the HCB Cultural Centre on November 17th.
Many moments of this solemn event drew warm applause from all workers, demonstrating their high satisfaction with the ongoing reforms, which will clearly improve the lives of many, and place the company in a privileged position to successfully face the national and regions, thus positioning itself as a leader in energy production in the region until 2032.
“We are very proud of the colleagues who were appointed to management positions, both at directorate and departmental level.
“We see ourselves in these choices as these colleagues have always demonstrated competence and professional pride, in addition to the fact that with this step the Board of Directors conveyed to us the idea that any employee, with their own merit, can reach higher levels,” said Justicio Zefanias, secretary of the workers’ union.
“With the challenges facing the company, these reforms were necessary and indispensable, which is why they had already been initiated by our predecessors,” stressed Matola, president of HCB, minutes after the end of the ceremony. “Based on the reaction of the workers demonstrated by the successive applause, we believe it is feedback that we made a correct decision, however, time will judge us. In fact, if in the process of implementing the decisions taken we realise that we have made some mistakes, we will have no problem revisiting our decisions and making the necessary adjustments, as we want an HCB that ultimately manages to reach 2030/2032 positioned as the largest energy producer in the region, as envisaged in our 2024/2030 strategic plan.”
Hidroeléctrica de Cahora Bassa S.A. (HCB), is the largest independent energy producer in Mozambique, and one of the largest producers in the Southern Africa region, with an installed capacity of 2,075 MW, distributed to three main customers – EDM, Eskom (South Africa), and ZESA (Zimbabwe) – in addition to part of the energy being sold at SAPP.
HCB’s contribution to the development of Mozambique is incontestable, and, in addition to the supply of hydroelectric energy, it covers other areas of activity through the payment of taxes and fees relating to the operation of the enterprise, as well as through its social responsibility actions that have a direct impact on communities across the country.
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