PRASA administrator appoints his technical advisory team


05 February 2020


The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) Administrator, Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo has appointed his panel Technical Panel of Technical Advisors during his 12 months tenure.


“I am happy to announce the appointment of a Technical Advisory Team whose mandate is to assist my office turn the company’s fortunes around. PRASA’s promise to the customer has deteriorated to unacceptable levels leaving some passengers with no transport options in certain communities resulting in a drop in passenger train trips over the years” Said Mr Bongisizwe Mpondo, PRASA Administrator.


The South African Government, in particular the Department of Transport (DoT), has provided dedicated support to strengthen a number of State-Owned Entities (SOEs) under its stable through various interventions. PRASA is one of those institutions that our government would not want to see fail. The Department of Transport through Minister Mbalula is pulling all stops to make sure that PRASA succeeds and the people of South Africa are provided with affordable, reliable and safe public transport.


The Technical Advisory Team will provide PRASA with critical technical expertise, and support the Administrator’s Turn Around Strategy as well as advise the Administrator on a number of other critical aspects.


This team is made up of qualified professionals who are prominent experts in Finance, Supply Chain Management, Communications, Legal and Governance, Engineering and Rail Operations. The team has been drawn from Government Departments and other SOEs including the National Treasury, CSIR and business.


Members of the technical advisory team are:


o Dr. Mathetha Mokonyama - Dr. Mokonyama has been seconded from the Council for Science and Industrial Research (CSIR). He will focus on optimising PRASA service design. Dr. Mokonyama holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand as well as a Master’s and PhD in transportation engineering from the University of Pretoria.


Mr. Krishna Govender – Mr. Govender is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and will provide thought leadership in accounting and financial management of PRASA. Mr. Govender holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in Accounting from the University of Natal. He will strengthen revenue enhancement of the organisation. He is an expert in finance and economics with over 23 years of experience in accounting and financial management which he gained from various entities in both the public and private sector. Mr Govender served on a number of boards in the country.


Mr. Themba Camane – Mr. Camane is no stranger at PRASA and has over 25 years of experience in the fields of engineering, construction, real estate, and project management. He brings a wealth of operations experience to enable the turnaround of Rail and Autopax operations. He holds a BSc Engineering (Civil) from Wits University and a Master of Management in Finance and Investment from Wits Business School. Mr Camane’s focus will be to unlock the operational performance of PRASA, both in Rail and at Autopax.


Mr. William Mathebula - Mr. Mathebula has been seconded from National Treasury. Provide expert knowledge and skills in Supply Chain Management. He is an experienced thought leader in Supply Chain Management and a specialist in Public Finance Management Act (PFMA).


Ms. Phelisa Nkomo – Ms. Nkomo is a thought leader in communication, stakeholder management, performance monitoring and reporting. She has been appointed on a fixed-term contract to improve communication, stakeholder management as well as performance monitoring and reporting at PRASA. She holds an Honours Degree in Economics from the University of Western Cape, Post Graduate Diploma in Economics, Advanced Certificate in Community Development and Project Management Israel (Beit Bell Collage).


Mr. Makhosini Mgitywa - Mr. Mgitywa is a veteran communicator who has been appointed on a fixed-term contract as PRASA spokesperson. Mgitywa is a Strategic Communications and Crisis Management specialist with 25 years’ experience in Media, Communication and Public Relations at strategic levels. Prior to joining PRASA he was head of Communication and spokesperson at the Ministry of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation. He has also been head of Communication and Public Relations at the Department of Public Enterprises and Absa Group. Mgitywa has also been an independent political commentator and considered an expert in political strategy. His expert opinions have been sought by various media including international news channel CNN; local channels ENCA, SABC News, Newzroom Afrika, SABC public service radio stations; Talk Radio 702; Power FM; and various national and regional newspapers. In this role Mgitywa will oversee the Marketing and Communication function.


“These appointments are a clear demonstration that government is committed to bring stability at PRASA. I would like to thank members of the Technical Advisory Team for accepting the invitation to serve the people of South Africa and, more importantly, to serve our most important stakeholder, the commuters. I have no doubt that the Technical Advisory Team will provide the organisation with the necessary insights, expert knowledge and recommendations which will ultimately serve to rebuild PRASA as the organisation that meets the needs of its commuters” said Mr Mpondo.



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