Transport minister Fikile Mbalula has vowed to flip the embattled Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) around.
Mbalula made the pledge on Saturday in Langa, Cape Town, where he presented the new Prasa community CEO, Zolani Kgosie Matthews.
He stated Prasa has not had a permanent CEO since the departure of Fortunate Montana in 2015.
“In 12 years of its existence Prasa has skilled many challenges that grew to turn into pronounced in 2015/16,” stated Mbalula.
“Irregular expenditure stood at R4.1bn alongside fruitless expenditure of R541m. This duration was additionally characterised by dissonance at the highest ranges of the organisation, characterised by tensions between the board and administration.”
Mbalula stated the Hawks had additionally started tons of investigations initiated by Prasa, into tons of disorders.
“The downward spiral continued in 2016/17 where Prasa had two boards in a single monetary 12 months. The relationship between the minister at the time and the board reached an all-time low, ensuing in the minister dismissing the board, replacing it with an intervening time board in March 2017, which was short-lived.
“Irregular expenditure stood at R19.6bn, an increase from R14.8bn in 2015/16. The auditor-customary mirrored that instability in the entity, ‘together with the board control, negatively contributed to the decline in the monetary administration, efficiency reporting and compliance processes and the total collapse of the interior controls inner the final public entity as a end result of inadequate and ineffective oversight’. Fruitless expenditure escalated to R181m.”
Mbalula added: “In 2017/18, Prasa had four boards in a single 12 months. This perpetuated instability. Irregular expenditure stood at R23.4bn, an increase from R19.6bn the outdated 12 months. Within the same design, fruitless and wasteful expenditure escalated to R1bn, up from R988m the outdated 12 months.”
He stated SA’s commuter infrastructure “has been fully hasten down as a end result of theft and vandalism”.
“The most urgent task confronting us is to earn trains back in service,” he stated.
“We’re below no illusion in regards to the broad economic affect on the working class and low-profits households plagued by non-operation of our products and companies. Corridors such as Soweto, Ekurhuleni, Mabopane, Germiston, Tembisa and [Cape Town’s] central line remain our priorities in restoring the service.”
Matthews additionally vowed to make his most productive to restore SA’s commuter rail system.
“Everyone is aware of that turning in reputable rail and cheap public transport is central to our economic efficiency,” he stated. “Our overarching priority is to put passengers at the guts of all we make.”