Cape Town – Parliament’s portfolio committee on public enterprises stated it was proud of the oversight visit it carried out at Transnet in Bellville. However, it was involved about the “legacy” of corruption throughout the entity.
The committee carried out an oversight visit to Transnet operations, Transnet Freight Rail and Transnet Engineering in Bellville on Wednesday, to evaluate the influence of the infrastructure constructing programme and developmental initiatives applied to advance the targets of the federal government.
Transnet Engineering chief government Ralph Mills stated they’ve 145 depots across the nation that specialise in upkeep, they usually had supplied the committee with an instance of the kind of work they do.
Mills stated the primary depot visited was the locomotive depot, the place they preserve and repair each diesel and electrical locomotives. He stated the second depot visited was the wagons, the place they maintained and supported the wagon fleet.
Mills stated they’ve been affected by the vandalism of infrastructure, with criminals and vandals stealing headlines and rails.
However, he stated they have been placing many preventative measures in place, and have escalated safety, to make it a a lot increased precedence all through the group.
“What we are doing as an organisation is very important, because if Transnet fails, South Africa fails, because we are linked to absolutely every part of the economy at the end of the day, so we have to be successful,” he stated.
Committee chairperson Khaya Magaxa stated the oversight was knowledgeable by the studies they’d acquired from Transnet about plenty of points, together with the progress made and the challenges confronted by the entity.
Magaxa stated they needed Transnet to stay a catalyst of growth in the nation. “We still want them to play a crucial role in job creation, particularly youth employment.”
He stated they nonetheless needed the investigators probing corruption at Transnet to go deeper to cope with these individuals concerned in corruption, “because they have squandered a lot of funds from this entity”.
United National Transport Union normal secretary Steve Harris stated if Transnet had not endured a decade of state seize, corruption and mismanagement, some ports would nonetheless be referred to as the meals basket for Africa and the nation would have made huge strides in assuaging poverty.