Valeska Abreu
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10 Jul 2015
4:30 am

Prasa starts probe of top engineer

Valeska Abreu

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says it will initiate an investigation into one of its chief engineers after allegations into his qualifications and registration with the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) surfaced.

Prasa Board Chairman, Popo Molefe ( 2nd frm L) , Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters (C) and United Commuter Voice Representative Thabo Josias Morukhuladi in Johannesburg Parkstation, 7 April 2015, as the part of the miniser's Imbizo walk about. The walk about started with a trip from Germiston to Parkstation. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

It emerged this week that Dr Daniel Mtimkulu, in charge of the Afro4000 locomotive project, is not officially registered with the profession’s statutory body.

It was reported that the Ecsa rejected Mtimkulu’s application to register with it in 2006.

It was reported further that the body rejected his application because he only had a BTech qualification and a national diploma, and he needed a BSc degree in engineering and more than three years experience to apply to register as a professional engineer.

Prasa this week said Mtimkulu was an experienced engineer and his services were being sought by foreign markets.

He is the designer of the Afro4000 trains which have been highlighted in the media as not suitable for local infrastructure.

Prasa has again dismissed the allegations tallied in Rapport. In a statement released yesterday Prasa said allegations levied against Mtimkulu had no bearing on the locomotive compliance issue.

“Dr Mtimkulu is currently an executive manager for engineering services in the rail operations division. He is a dynamic individual and a transformative leader who continue to play a major role in the revolution unfolding in the rail industry in the country.

“The current Afro4000 is a modified version of the Euro4000 and has been modified to suit local conditions (including height reduction to meet TFR electrical safety instructions),” Prasa said.