EXCLUSIVE: Transnet exec suspended after tender report

2017-02-22 12:23
Goods train. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Goods train. (Duncan Alfreds, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - A senior Transnet executive has been put on special leave following a News24 report on a R10m tender the state-owned company awarded to the executive's former boss.

Transnet confirmed on Wednesday that Sandile Simelane, the head of Transnet Freight Rail's (TFR) corporate affairs department, was placed on special leave pending an investigation into the tender in question.

Earlier this month News24 revealed that TFR had awarded a R10m tender to a company owned by Simelane's former boss at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). 

READ: R10m tender to Transnet exec's former boss

Transnet insiders have alleged that Simelane played a key role in helping his former boss's company secure the lucrative contract.

The company, Casterbridge Consulting, was paid R400 000 a month over a period of two years for "stakeholder management services" related to Transnet's Swaziland Rail Link project.

The company has no business premises or website and it apparently communicated with Transnet using a Gmail account.

When pressed for proof of the work Casterbridge Consulting did for TFR, neither Transnet nor the company's owner, Sandile Madolo, could provide any material.

A Transnet insider claimed that Casterbridge was paid R400 000 each month, regardless of whether it had done any work or not.

"Transnet has instituted an investigation relating to a contract that was awarded for the provision of stakeholder management services for the Swazi Rail project," said Mike Asefovitz, a TFR spokesperson.

"Mr Sandile Simelane has been put on special leave to allow for the process to take its course," added Asefovitz.

* Do you have information for our investigative journalists? Send an email to tips@24.com 

Read more on:    transnet  |  corruption  |  tenders

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Partner Content
How data is changing investments

Technological disruption is rife in many spheres of business and given the quantity of data available, it’s no surprise that the way in which asset managers work is also changing fast.

Behind the sparkle

Alluring, beautiful and timeless - diamonds are some of the most sought after gems in the world and are a true testament of everlasting brilliance. Let us take you behind the sparkle to show you the history behind this coveted jewel.


How to get rid of fleas

Before you call in the pricey exterminators, try this DIY approach that promises to get your flea problem under control.



12 Cool cat facts
Chocolate can be fatal for dogs
Spider-man star's adorable relationship with his dog
Do you know what you are feeding your dog?
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.