transnetlogo thumb100 ANA writes that Bonang Mohale, chancellor of the University of the Free State, said on Friday that criticism of Sizakele Mzimela’s ability to head Transnet Freight Rail was uninformed.  

The former chief executive of Business Leadership SA said:  “Any criticism of her ability to head Transnet Freight Rail is therefore not only unwarranted – it is completely disingenuous and uninformed.  The combination of her experience in the private sector, entrepreneurship and state-owned companies is unchallenged and only an ill-informed or malicious person would say she does not have the requisite skills and experience to run the Transnet business.”  He was responding to a DA statement that Mzimela’s appointment was a classic example of ANC “cadre deployment, where ineffective executives hop from one state owned enterprise (SOE) to another”.  DA public enterprise spokesperson Ghaleb Cachalia said on Thursday:  “Mzimela’s track record at the helm of an SOE is dismal, as is evident by the fact that her previous employer, SA Express, now faces liquidation.”  He added that her appointment at such a critical state-owned enterprise was “bizarre, considering that she only has aviation experience and lacks the requisite experience in the freight and rail sector.”

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