6 June 2018

South Africa: MPs Hope That 'Madam Fix It' Can Mend Outstanding Issues At Prasa


Despite optimism over the appointment of a new interim Prasa board, MPs at Parliament's portfolio committee on transport threw cold water on the hope that the new board will improve operations at the entity, especially in Cape Town.

"Every time the committee meets with the board my sugar levels go up," said ANC MP Skhumbuzo Mpanza during a light-hearted moment at Tuesday's meeting between the Department of Transport, its parliamentary oversight committee and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa).

This was the interim board's first meeting with the committee since the transport minister announced the new board in April 2018. Mpanza and another member of the committee referred to new interim board chairperson Khanyisile Kweyama as "Madam Fix It" after a stint at the helm at the SABC in 2017, just after the parliamentary inquiry. Mpanza made the joke as the committee had had previous bad encounters with other boards.

MPs wanted to know what the new board would be focusing on, the continued lack of the 2016/2017 Annual Report, what would the new board do about commuter safety and delayed train services at Metrorail in Cape Town, and what could be done to...

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