Transnet moves on from Gama, appoints acting group CEO

Transnet’s board has appointed industry veteran Tau Morwe as acting group chief executive. Morwe will take over from former CEO Siyabonga Gama.

Transnet board chairperson Popo Molefe on Monday issued a statement announcing Morwe’s appointment, which he will hold from November 1 2018 to April 30 2019. Morwe will also serve as a member of the Transnet board. Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan approved the appointment.

Gama was dismissed over the board’s lack of “trust and confidence” in him. Gama had challenged his termination and said that Transnet had flouted fair processes by removing him without a disciplinary hearing.

READ MORE: Gama wants Transnet board jailed

But Molefe told media that the board was within its rights to dismiss Gama, who had failed to make representations as why he should not be dismissed. Scandals attributed to Gama include the loss of R151-million during the procurement locomotive trains for the entity.

In the statement on Morwe’s appointment, Molefe highlighted his extensive experience in the ports industry.

“Mr Morwe brings with him a wealth of experience garnered during his previous tenure at Transnet. He joined Transnet in 1997 and ratcheted up seventeen years of service with the company. He served as CE (chief executive) of three of the Transnet divisions — National Ports Authority, Freight Rail and Port Terminals,” Molefe said.

Among his other roles, Morwe led the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa from 2011 to 2014. “He strengthened relations among member ports and promoted regional cooperation and integration. His service was invaluable to our country, ensuring that South Africa continues to play its role in growing regional economies,” Molefe said.

Morwe also served as a board member for entities including the KwaZulu-Natal Trade and Investment, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Agriport Partnership. He also served as a transport and logistics consultant in SA and the rest of Africa after he left Transnet in 2015.

After his departure from Transnet in 2015, he has served extensively as a transport and logistics consultant in South Africa as well as on the rest of the continent.

“Mr Morwe’s crucial appointment will ensure that Transnet strengthens and consolidates its governance procedures, adding much-needed impetus in ensuring that our state-run institutions are well-governed and serve the people of South Africa,” said Molefe. — Fin24

PW Botha wagged his finger and banned us in 1988 but we stood firm. We built a reputation for fearless journalism, then, and now. Through these last 35 years, the Mail & Guardian has always been on the right side of history.

These days, we are on the trail of the merry band of corporates and politicians robbing South Africa of its own potential.

To help us ensure another 35 future years of fiercely independent journalism, please subscribe.

Lameez Omarjee
Lameez Omarjee
Parliamentary reporter at Fin24.com
Advertisting

Western Cape Judge Mushtak Parker faces second misconduct complaint

The Cape Bar Council says his conduct is ‘unbecoming the holding of judicial office’

‘My biggest fear was getting the virus and dying in...

South African Wuhan evacuee speaks about his nine-week ordeal

Border walls don’t stop viruses, but a blanket amnesty might

Why South Africa should consider amnesty for undocumented migrants in the time of the coronavirus outbreak.

Press Releases

The online value of executive education in a Covid-19 world

Executive education courses further develop the skills of leaders in the workplace

Sisa Ntshona urges everyone to stay home, and consider travelling later

Sisa Ntshona has urged everyone to limit their movements in line with government’s request

SAB Zenzele’s special AGM postponed until further notice

An arrangement has been announced for shareholders and retailers to receive a 77.5% cash payout

20th Edition of the National Teaching Awards

Teachers are seldom recognised but they are indispensable to the country's education system

Awards affirm the vital work that teachers do

Government is committed to empowering South Africa’s teachers with skills, knowledge and techniques for a changing world

SAB Zenzele special AGM rescheduled to March 25 2020

New voting arrangements are being made to safeguard the health of shareholders

Dimension Data launches Saturday School in PE

The Gauteng Saturday School has produced a number of success stories