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Siyabonga Gama named Transnet’s new CEO

He succeeds Brian Molefe, who was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Eskom last October.

Siyabonga Gama. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown says Siyabonga Gama has been appointed by Cabinet to head Transnet.

Gama has been acting in the position since April last year.

He succeeds Brian Molefe, who was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Eskom last October.

Brown says Gama has the necessary experience to run the parastatal.

"Mr Gama has 14 years in most of the companies of Transnet, and of course Transnet is one of our best performing state-owned companies and I am pleased that Cabinet has agreed to his appointment."

Minister Brown says she's confident Gama has the experience to run Transnet, despite whistle-blowers writing letters claiming he has a controversial past.

She says while she's taken each whistle-blower's letter into consideration, she is more interested in Gama's skills.

"Gama has very good understanding knowledge of the running of freight logistics, ports and so forth. He has held the reigns for the last couple of months and he has held [them] very well. I am more than convinced he will be able to do it."

She says there was an investigation into issues brought up by whistle-blowers and they were not true.

"The whistle-blowers raised a whole range of issues that I eventually gave to the board. The board made sure that they investigated all of those issues, and the board found that they were not true."

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