Prasa’s management accepts blame for failings, must ‘shape up or ship out’

2015-10-15 14:27
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The management of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa is prepared to take the blame for the problems being experienced by the institution.

“I’m not blaming everything on funding. As management we should also take the blame,” Nkosinathi Khena, acting group chief of Prasa, said to the portfolio committee on transport.

He said the company’s management knew they had to “shape up or ship out”.

Khena, chairperson of the Prasa board Popo Molefe, and other officials submitted their annual report for 2014-2015 to the committee.

Prasa received an unqualified report with findings for this year. The MPs were dissatisfied with the fruitless and wasteful expenditure and the irregular expenditure, and because many of the Auditor-General’s previous findings were repeated.

Khena expressed frustration because Prasa did not receive enough money from the treasury, with the result that Shosholoza Meyl made a loss of R800 million this book year.

Prasa recently made headlines over a controversial contract for new trains as well as the fact that Daniel Mtimkulu, its former head of engineering, did not have the doctorate he had claimed he had.

Khena said he was expecting a report on all Prasa’s staff’s qualifications to be completed by the end of October.

He didn’t want to elaborate on the controversial trains contract, but said that the contract was one of those that were being investigated.

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