Sanral reveals acting CEO

2012-05-09 13:55

Johannesburg - SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) engineering executive Koos Smit will act as its CEO when Nazir Alli leaves in June, it said on Wednesday.

He would remain in the role while the board undertook the recruitment process, said board chairman Tembakazi Mnyaka.

"He is an engineer of great experience and is widely known in the industry for his contributions to the agency's successful development and maintenance of South Africa's national road network.

"The board has every confidence that Mr Smit will ensure that the daily operations of Sanral continue at the high level for which the agency is known."

He said the board took note of speculation about Alli's sudden resignation.

Media reports suggested he was the "fall guy" for problems encountered in getting the public to accept the introduction of toll roads in Gauteng.

These included a court interdict granted in favour of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance to stop the start of electronic tolling.

Alli had not said why he was leaving in his resignation letter, and Sanral "did not believe it necessary in the circumstances to try to explore with him his personal deliberations and reflections", said Mnyaka.

"We can be certain, however, that this was Mr Alli's own choice. He was not asked to resign. In fact, in the recent performance assessment of the CEO, the board assessed him as well above average in his performance.

"It is widely acknowledged that Sanral's record of delivery under Mr Alli has made it one of the best-performing state owned enterprises for a number of years.

"Further, the agency has been independently named an employer of choice for two consecutive years. We believe this decision of a chief executive with a long record of service and achievement should be respected rather than interrogated," he said.


  • Victor - 2012-05-09 14:05

    Check out the road from memel to newcastle and memel to vrede and fix that one for starters if he is good as he say's he is, as the potholes look like bomb craters

      Martin - 2012-05-09 15:30

      hahaha with the potholes for the next 10km signs every 10 koos run..cos you will end up resigning too, we will not budge on this e toll story,

      Wes - 2012-05-10 09:11

      Remember the joke about somebody driving down the road and he noticed two bunny rabbits ears in the middle of the road so he stops and gets out of the car to move the bunny off the road when he walks up to the bunny ears he finds its a donkey standing in a pothole well now it should be giraffe ears........

      alansmartSnr - 2012-05-10 16:29

      .. Wonder why they even bother to appoint this clown. How thick or dumb or blind can they get. The public will never, ever, condone or subscribe to these toll roads. It's cast in stone. They should know when they have made a balls up and cut their losses. My predictions and wish is that they substantially reduce the tolls on existing roads before the next action starts which will be to take action on these roads as well. They have paid their "upgradings" tenfold and there would, or should be sufficient funds to maintain them now, with half of the current rates they are charging now. Too many generals (fat cats) and too few soldiers. they are raping the users blindly. The scene is set for another unified resistance.

  • Andile - 2012-05-09 14:27

    Could this be accidental? On the 6th of May, senior ANC leaders met with Afrikaans speaking academics. This meeting was about the direction the ANC should take in order to include more White Afrikaans speaking people. Fastfoward to today (09/05) Mnr. Koos Smit appointed as acting CEO of SANRAL. Talking about acting on a 'double', that was really fast.

  • Piet - 2012-05-09 14:29

    Putting a white oke in the top spot is not going to convince me to pay tolls!!!

  • Gregory - 2012-05-09 14:29

    What happened to affirmative action. You can't appoint a educated white guy. It suppose to be a black guy with a STD 3 and a history of theft nepotism and corruption. Rape would also be a advantage.

      mfundo.mangweni - 2012-05-10 09:07

      it seems you are referring to President Zuma,ANC's leadership is not based on qualifications,true, but based on the historical involvement of the individual in the org. That is not affirmative action,you need to educate yourself Mr.

  • johan.visser - 2012-05-09 14:30

    Koos, you're being setup to take the fall for someone in future...

  • Andile - 2012-05-09 14:32

    Are they tying to silence Mnr Duvenahge? Do they think he will be leanient just because Mnr Koos praat Afrikaans?

      Bongani - 2012-05-09 14:40

      what is your problem. Mnr Koos is a qualified person with many years working for SANRAL. you were still going to complete even if another person was employed. Can we give Mnr Koos a chance to do his job please.

  • Ringo - 2012-05-09 14:35

    maybe he's coloured!!!

      Memo - 2012-05-09 15:28

      look at sanrals website and make a judgement on this

  • Gregory - 2012-05-09 15:03

    Verkoop die gantries Oom Koos.

  • jwdupreez - 2012-05-09 16:07

    Ek hoor daar is ongeveer 5000ton koper draad in die stelsel....dit behoort BAIE geld te verdien op die swart mark! I believe there is approx 5000t of copper wire in the should fetch a small fortune on the black market Go Boys GO

  • Freddy - 2012-05-09 16:58

    It does not matter who is appointed. E-TOLL MUST GO!!

  • Christopher - 2012-05-09 17:23

    Nazir Alli mst leave now,he don't hv 2 serve di notice cos he's got bad attitude 2 di media n other political parties.We don't need e~toll here in gauteng,unless u get anther alternative 2 funds SANRAL.\r\nIs no longer E~TOLL is E~THEFT 2 di poor.\r\n\r\nIf di corrupt cANCer is not listing 2 di poor ppl oph Gauteng,we will make gauteng ungovernble.ViVA COSATU VIVA n VIVA VAVI VIVA

  • Jaba - 2012-05-09 22:16

    Koos Smit Jail time is awaiting you too

  • Warwick - 2012-05-10 06:38

    Koos, don't be like Alli and be a d##s. Stop the tolls, we won't register, we won't comply, we won't be sheep led to the slaughter. Admit to the world what a corrupt balls up this has been, that would be the honorable thing to do and not like Alli who left with his tail betwwn his legs after a whipping by us, the public. Stand up and be counted, stop the tollgate drama.

  • Mandy Casey - 2012-05-10 23:07

    Koos CE0 stop acting, people are not going to buy an E tag

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