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SATAWU questions appointment of acting group CEO at PRASA
12 December 2017
South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (SATAWU) is puzzled by the decision of the board of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) to appoint yet another acting Group CEO.
Last Thursday Prasa announced it had appointed Cromet Molepo as acting Group CEO after his predecessor Lindikaya Zide's contract lapsed in September. Zide was also appointed in an acting capacity when Collins Letsoalo, a Department of Transport secondee, increased his own salary by 350% and was subsequently recalled.
In the same period, there have been several changes to the board. In March, former transport minister Dipuo Peters dissolved the board chaired by Popo Molefe and replaced it with an interim board led by former Sanral CEO, Nazir Alli. Molefe and his board challenged the move in court and won. They were subsequently reinstalled but their term lapsed in July, after which Prasa operated without a board until Cabinet appointed an interim board in October. However, only four out of the requisite eight members of the board were named. Minister Joe Maswanganyi was said to have six months to appoint the remaining 50%.
In this year alone, Prasa has had three acting Group CEOs and its board has changed composition four times - no wonder it is in a state of decline. Constant changes in leadership do not make for a stable organisation and an unstable organisation often fails to deliver on its mandate. It is for this reason that SATAWU is questioning the board's decision to not appoint a permanent Group CEO. An acting Group CEO cannot make the long term decisions required to set the course of the organisation into the future. For instance, Zide's term in office lasted only six months, that is hardly enough time to familiarise oneself with the job at hand.
If the current board is serious about getting Prasa back on track it will appoint a permanent Group CEO. And if the board believes Molepo is the right person to take the parastatal into the future then it should appoint him permanently.
SATAWU also urges Minister Maswanganyi to appoint capable individuals to the remaining four seats on the board as a matter of urgency if he intends stopping further decline at the rail agency.
For media queries or to arrange an interview contact:
Anele Kiet, SATAWU CEC Task Team Deputy Coordinator
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Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
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