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'Prasa staff morale low'

A group of disgruntled staff said the board’s lack of communication has led to uncertainty and low morale.

FILE: Disgruntled staff demonstrated outside Prasa headquaters, demanding the reinstatement of former CEO Lucky Montana

JOHANNESBURG - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) senior managers and employees say morale is low at the rail agency since the board has taken over and have not been communicating major decisions.

Dozens of people demonstrated outside the Prasa offices in Pretoria on Wednesday, saying they want former CEO Lucky Montana to be reinstated.

They said they will no longer be silenced by the board and want issues at the rail agency to be addressed directly by government.

Prasa's Anele Mda told the media today that these issues are affecting the integrity of the company.

She said, "There is a low morale and uncertainty emanating from corridor talk of anticipated purge of certain employees on the basis of not towing the line. Maybe we are not yet briefed about the line, but we are alleged that we are not towing that line."

Meanwhile, the group said they don't want a PR company to come in to try and "clean up" the reputation of the rail agency and are instead demanding that government intervene.

Recently Prasa appointed a PR firm after it announced that it was instituting action to improve operations and transparency.

The group of disgruntled managers and employees told the media on Wednesday that there was an unprocedural appointment of a PR firm called Fore Front Solutions.

They said the firm's mandate and scope of work has not been communicated and it seems that the company has been hired to take over their work.

Prasa's Moffet Mofokeng said, "It's got no credentials. We don't know where have they handled big reputation management issues."

We don't know them. They are ungooglable, if there is anything like that. You can't find it. They've got no website."