Transport: Sanral board recruits CEO

2012-05-11 13:17

Johannesburg - A report that a friend of Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is in line for the position of CEO of the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) was denied on Friday.

"The board of directors of Sanral is responsible for the recruitment and selection of the agency's CEO, not the department of transport or the minister," transport spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said on Friday.

"The board will within a reasonable period of time undertake a thorough and legitimate process of finding a suitable candidate to steer Sanral forward."

He was reacting to a report on the Mail & Guardian on Friday, that Chris Hlabisa "tops the list" for the position of CEO.

"The report is devoid of any grain of truth, misleading and can only be aimed at causing confusion and advancing narrow self-interests at the expense of the department and Sanral."

Rikhotso said suggestions that Hlabisa was "Ndebele's buddy" were a figment of someone's imagination, aimed at casting aspersions on a professional working relationship.

"It should further be noted that Minister Ndebele has been in the transport sector for the past 18 years and common sense would dictate that during these two decades, he would have interacted and worked with several professionals within this field."

He said the board would within a reasonable period undertake a thorough and legitimate process of finding a suitable CEO.

"Once the board finalises the process and agrees on a candidate, it will request the minister [Ndebele] to table its recommendation before Cabinet, which has the authority to appoint or not to appoint," Rikhotso said.

Sanral's board announced on Tuesday that Nazir Alli resigned as CEO. Engineering executive Koos Smit would become acting CEO when Alli leaves in June.

  • Anthony - 2012-05-11 13:33

    with tears in my eyes dont give it to someone with BEE in mind

  • Gerna - 2012-05-11 13:46

    What will happen if after the court review it is found, byt the court, that SANRAL did everything by the book and it is then decided by the court that SANRAL can proceed with the e-toll? Who will be held responsible for a) the money SANRAL is loosing every month since the interdict and b) SANRAL's legal costs? I don’t know anything about legal stuff, but I presume it would normally be the party who took SANRAL to court in the first place, i.e. OUTA. Do you think they are taking that possibility into account with their fund raising? And if they will not be held responsible for SANRAL’s losses and costs, who would it be then? The tax payer?

      Gerna - 2012-05-11 14:08

      I meant my comment as a question, not an opinion. Just want to know who would technically have to pay up in case the court finds in favour of SANRAL?

      Mark - 2012-05-11 15:01

      Gerna, even if e-tolling does not go ahead with the user pay business model, the tax payer may still end up paying the debt incurred. Where else would R20bn come from? I think that it will come from the treasury.i think your question answers itself

      Gerna - 2012-05-11 15:11

      Thanks for your comment Mark (and understanding that it was a question not a comment to be thumbed down like the rest of the idiots). I agree that the R20bn will obviously have to be funded by treasury / tax payer. My question was more specifically related to SANRAL's legal costs, plus the money they are loosing in terms of additional interest on the R20bn loan. My theory is that if OUTA looses the court battle, they would have put the tax payer in a worse position than if they never went to court at all - because now the tax payer will have to pay SANRAL's legal costs and additional interest, which was never an issue before. That's unless OUTA would be prepared to pick up SANRAL's legal costs and additional interest, which I seriously doubt. I don't know how the court will rule - who will be responsible for these costs. Any legal opinion out there?

      Rob - 2012-05-11 16:06

      Bit of a dumb question! Your question is not the burning issue concerning this matter. The issue is the fleecing of the taxpayer! The taxpayer is always the one to cough up where the government is concerned.

  • dennis.vermaak.5 - 2012-05-11 13:52

    More of the same then Miss Sofie ???

  • Richard - 2012-05-11 13:56

    If it's not the ministers friend, then who's family member is going to be appointed? and how many of his friend's and family members will get jobs at SANRAL?

      koos.vandermerwe.92 - 2012-05-11 14:01

      Who appointed the 'board'? Did sbu ever donated his merc that he got as a 'gift' from a contractor? And then there is the ussual denial, denial.

  • camp.j - 2012-05-11 14:21

    A "friend" LOL, i say no more!

  • Johan - 2012-05-11 14:36

    Jobs for a cader

  • Erich - 2012-05-11 14:37

    Any buddy of the Minister who is prepared to become the CEO of SANRAL is surely certifiable.

  • David.J.Swart - 2012-05-11 16:31

    Friends of friends - the corruption scratch my back and I will scratch yours.....

  • Memo - 2012-05-11 17:11

    Hlabisa might be bad news for SANRAL and the future of the national road network. Google and judge for yourself, his track record at KZN DOT

  • Koos - 2012-05-11 18:44

    Please !!!! Appoint someone with the integrity to run such an important business. Look beyond your normal cadre resources. We have very competent resources in this country that can salvage and make a success of SANRAL.

  • Ashveer Budhai - 2012-05-12 08:01

    I second that od david J Swart and Camp.J others invest large amounts of money in education and gaining the expierence for a nessecary post but never happens. Recruiting via contacts is totally unfair to those who really shoud be sitting in the position. IT is all about service you hire the right person you get back the rewards.

  • mzwandile.dlamanzi - 2012-05-12 16:39

    Ten years in one psn is normally enough to have ur vision and plan achieved. '2decades'? What is he still doing there?

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