Transport: Sanral board recruits CEO

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.

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Anthony Charles Williams 2012/05/11 01:33:40 PM
with tears in my eyes dont give it to someone with BEE in mind
Gerna Van Jaarsveld 2012/05/11 01:46:57 PM
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?
Deeteem 2012/05/11 01:52:32 PM
More of the same then Miss Sofie ???
Richard Anderson 2012/05/11 01:56:14 PM
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?
John Camp 2012/05/11 02:21:22 PM
A "friend" LOL, i say no more!
Johan van Heerden 2012/05/11 02:36:36 PM
Jobs for a cader
Erich Goosen 2012/05/11 02:37:40 PM
Any buddy of the Minister who is prepared to become the CEO of SANRAL is surely certifiable.
Dave Swart 2012/05/11 04:31:51 PM
Friends of friends - the corruption scratch my back and I will scratch yours.....
memo.memi.77 2012/05/11 05:11:37 PM
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 Marincowitz 2012/05/11 06:44:48 PM
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.