Chris de Vos to serve SA rail - again

2016-10-13 06:00
Chris de Vos has been appointed as a non-executive board member of the Railway Safety Regulator.          Photo: SUPPLIED

Chris de Vos has been appointed as a non-executive board member of the Railway Safety Regulator. Photo: SUPPLIED

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KEEN photographer, avid rugby supporter and animal lover - but most important of all, lover and expert of trains: steam or diesel, big or small.

After three years of pursuing less “steamy” hobbies, Chris de Vos (67) from Jeffreys Bay is once again steering trains in the right direction.

Former United National Transport Union (UNTU) General Secretary, De Vos, was reappointed to the board of the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) by Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters.

He will serve a three-year term as a non-executive board member with effect from November 1, 2016.

He previously served on the board for two terms - from 2006 to 2009 and 2009 to 2013. He then retired.

“De Vos’s recall from retirement to serve on the RSR board, is an appropriate tribute to his rail expertise. We know of no more knowledgeable and dedicated rail specialist,” says UNTU General Secretary Steve Harris.

De Vos, who as a small boy became enchanted by the magic of trains and train drivers, taking his father’s lunch box to him at the Humansdorp marshalling yards, joined the SA Railways in 1964, and will use his 20 years of experience as General Secretary to assist the RSR to achieve its mandate in terms of the RSR Act.

According to De Vos, he realised that retirement is not for him. “Especially if you take into account what is currently happening in the rail transport industry, where I can still make a considerable contribution to enhance rail safety.

“I will strive to promote improved safety performance in the railway transport industry in order to advance the use of rail as a mode of transportation, and to make all role players believe me when I say no worker will deliberately make a mistake. Let us get to the root of the cause and stop . . . let us learn from mistakes made in the past.”

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