The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) has undertaken a staff rationalisation programme that has seen 36 staff members leaving the organisation.

In a statement to the ZBC News, the ZTA board said the rationalisation programme is routine in line with corporate governance as legislated.

“The rationalisation programme is routine in line with corporate governance as legislated. The exercise was also a direct result of the need for the organization to be effective and efficient and lean. Over the past three to four years, the Authority’s current liabilities could not match its current assets resulting in the organization seriously failing to achieve its mandate,” read the statement.

The ZTA board also confirmed that within the context of the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP), they approved the undertaking of a skills audit by an independent consultant, whose results informed the board to review the authority’s corporate strategy.

The board added that it consulted and engaged extensively with various stakeholders, who include the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, the Retrenchment Board, the ZTA Workers Committee as well as independent legal advisors.

As a result, the authority was obligated to retrench 33 employees while 2 employees’ contracts were not renewed and 1 employee opted to resign, bringing the total number of employees who have left the organisation to 36.

The board of directors said ZTA’s liabilities, both internationally and domestically, have tarnished the image of the organisation, hence the restructuring exercise.