Fikile Mbalula welcomes Prasa executives

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Prasa appoints key executives to help ‘stabilise’ the entity

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the appointment of the new Prasa executives.

Fikile Mbalula welcomes Prasa executives

Image via: @MbalulaFikile / Twitter

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) has announced the appointment of executives as part of the intervention to stabilise the entity and bring onboard skilled and capable managers. Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has welcomed the appointments.

These are critical milestones towards stabilising Prasa and positioning it to effectively deliver on its mandate. 


Nosipho Damasane has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Prasa Rail — the largest division in the Prasa Group. 

Mbalula said the appointment resonates with the department’s commitment to bring onboard skilled professionals while mindful of the obligation towards women and youth empowerment. 

“Ms Damasane is no stranger to railway operations and her track record at the helm of the Bombela Operating Company, responsible for Gautrain operations, speaks for itself. We have no doubt that she will rise to the occasion and deliver efficiency in Prasa Rail operations while championing the modernisation programme,” said Mbalula. 

Mbalula said the appointment of Hishaam Emeran — a seasoned transport specialist who has served Prasa diligently over the years — affirms the statement he made when the department appointed the administrator. 

“At the time, I affirmed my belief that ‘Prasa is well endowed with men and women who are not only committed to do their best to make Prasa succeed but who also possess the requisite talent to ensure that we transform the travel experience of our people.”

“The appointment of Mr Neil Roesch is not only timely but a demonstration of our commitment to bring on board skill and experience to turn around Autopax. We are looking forward to reaping the benefits of his vast experience in the bus industry,” he said.

Mbalula also extended a warm welcome to the newly appointed Chief Information Officer (CIO) David Mphelo and the Company Secretary Sandile Dlamini. 


Apart from Prasa announcements, Mbalula is expected to brief the media on COVID-19 lockdown regulations related to transport via a virtual meeting on Saturday 30 May. 

On Friday 29 May, the Economic Cluster Briefing was held. Department of Public Works and Infrastructure Minister Patricia de Lille discussed the availability of quarantine sites. Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe also took to the podium and announced that there were 384 cases of COVID-19 in the mining sector. 

Minister of Employment and Labour Thulas Nxesi also raised concerns about the readiness of certain workplaces come Level 3 lockdown on Monday 1 June.