Ex-premier S'bu Ndebele named national minister of Transport

2009-05-10 00:00

As predicted, KZN’s former premier S’bu Ndebele, who headed for national parliament has been appointed minister of Transport.

Ndebele was one of the longest- serving transport MECs in the country, with two terms from 1994 to 2004. He was also rated one of the best Transport ministers and many of the projects he pioneered in KZN were adopted both nationally and by other provinces. For example the Asiphephe Road Safety project was the basis for the national Arrive Alive campaign. The Renaissance Road upgrading programme, which got local communities involved in maintaining roads in their areas as a way of generating income, went national as did the Vukuzakhe emerging contractors’ project. He also pioneered taxi cities and taxi co-operatives.

Under Ndebele, the KZN Transport Department was awarded the gold, silver and best practice awards in the Batho Pele good governance awards.

The Impumelelo trust selected the department of Transport as one of the top 300 affirmative action companies in South Africa. The Participatory Educational Techniques (PET) project for road safety was chosen as the best community youth project in the country by the Road Transport and Education Committee.

Ndebele was also rated top premier in the country in a recent Ipsos Markinor poll, rating government leadership in the country.

Political analyst Siphamandla Zondi said Zuma’s new cabinet includes quite a few faces like Ndebele, who were successful provincial MECs. Ndebele could not be reached for comment last night.

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