South Africa 15.7.2015 04:30 am

E-toll opponents on Sanral CEO’s replacement

FILE PICTURE: CEO of Sanral Nazir Alli. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

FILE PICTURE: CEO of Sanral Nazir Alli. Picture: Tracy Lee Stark

Organisations opposed to e-tolling in Gauteng have wished Sanral CEO Nazir Alli, pictured, well in his upcoming retirement, but have also asked his replacement leads the state owned entity, out of “a deep crisis”.

SA National Roads Agency (Sanral), board chairperson Roshan Morar announced on Monday Alli, 65, reaches retirement age in August and this led to the advertising of his position.

His last day however, will only be determined by the transport minister through consultations with the board, subsequent to the appointment of the new CEO and hand-over period.

Alli has been with the entity since its inception in 1998 and under his leadership drove Sanral to currently manage 21 403km of road from an initial 7 200km. A total of 35 000km is the expected outlook in future.

Morar said an ideal candidate “should be a visionary leader”, a qualified civil engineer with extensive experience at senior management level and have a solid track record of leading a similar or comparable organisation.

In reaction, Justice Project SA chairperson Howard Dembovsky said: “I wish him well in his retirement – may his replacement be a man of integrity”.

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage added Alli has been at the helm of the organisation “far too long”.

Sanral needed to “undergo a fundamental organisational culture shift, which the new incumbent will need to address”, he said.

“Alli’s replacement must be able to lead the organisation out of a deep crisis of relatively low morale, low credit ratings and a failed e-toll scheme, all of which will require the CEO to be able to pick up the pieces and adopt

a more inclusive approach to society’s needs and input going forward.

“Sanral has been on the defensive of numerous court challenges over the past decade and this in itself suggests there is an attitude of arrogance which permeates the organisation – which we hope will be addressed by its new CEO.

Duvenage added that Outa “trusted” Alli’s replacement will be “embracing of criticism and will seek to entrench real meaning to the ethos of a learning

organisation”.

 

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