Sibusiso Sithole appointed Prasa group CEO

Prasa has appointed Sibusiso Sithole as its new chief executive, effective 1 June for a period of 12 months.

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) says its appointment of Sibusiso Sithole in the group CEO role is to “bring stability and certainty” to the organisation, which is currently facing “immense challenges”.

Khanyisile Kweyama (pictured), chairperson of the Prasa board, said in a statement:

"Prasa is at its worst performance levels and there is an expectation from the public that we serve for the organisation to turn itself around… We cannot overemphasise what our expectation as a board is from the CEO. Fortunately, with the kind of experience he has, we should not expect any difficult in him executing the task at hand."

Sithole, the former city manager of eThekwini Municipality and previous GM of the Umgeni Water Board, took the reigns on 1 June, and will hold them firmly for the next 12 months. His appointment comes not long after Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport, appointed an interim board at the passenger rail body to serve for a 12-month period.