Popo Molefe: Prasa turnaround plan still on track

Molefe says the sacking of the board, by the transport minister, will not affect plans to get the rail agency back on track.

Popo Molefe. Picture: whoswho.co.za

CAPE TOWN – Chairperson of the dissolved Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) board, Popo Molefe, says the development will not affect plans to get the rail agency back on track.

Management, on Wednesday, outlined plans to stabilise the agency and improve service delivery, specifically at Metrorail.

Shortly afterwards the transport department’s director-general Mathabatha Mokonyama read a letter by Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announcing the dissolution of the Prasa board.

Molefe says the dissolution of the board will not hamper plans to improve service delivery and infrastructure.

“That plan is continuing, the board’s merely exercising oversight. It has approved the turnaround plan, and it is the responsibility of management to implement the plan.”

Strategic Asset Development Group Executive Piet Sebola outlined the turnaround plan to stabilise the organisation and address its poor offering and financial distress.

“The turnaround [plan], at the heart of it, is issues related to how we run and operate the business. It starts with our service planning, revenue collection, etc.”

The plan, which involves a 10-year investment of R172 billion, includes increasing the rolling stock, reducing fare evasion through the use of technology, upgrading signalling systems and the rehabilitation of track infrastructure.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)