Nazir Alli will stay on at Sanral until June

2012-05-08 07:56

SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) chief executive Nazir Alli has resigned but would continue in his post until June 3, the agency has said.

The announcement was made by Sanral chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka this morning.

Alli’s resignation had been accepted by the board at a meeting yesterday.

Mnyaka thanked Alli for his contribution since Sanral’s inception in 1998 but did not give reasons for Alli’s resignation.

“The immediate focus and priority of the board is to ensure that Sanral continues to perform its essential role in operating and maintaining more than 16 000km of national roads across South Africa,” Mnyaka said.

Mnyaka said processes had been initiated by national government to address Gauteng freeway upgrades, known as the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, and e-tolling, the start of which was halted by a court order on April 28.

“The board will ensure that Sanral contributes to and co-operates with the deliberations now under way,” she said.

On Friday Cabinet appointed a special committee, to be chaired by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, to co-ordinate work around the the freeway improvement project.

The committee would, among other things, try and ensure Sanral’s financial stability was not affected by the halt to e-tolling.

The toll fees would have been used to repay Sanral’s R20 billion debt.

The Democratic Alliance said last week it had asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to probe e-toll collection contracts.

A full court review would be carried out to determine the future of the Gauteng tolling system.

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