PRASA CEO Lucky Montana fired

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 16, 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has fired its CEO Lucky Montana with immediate effect.

“Board led by Chairperson Popo Molefe had announced that CEO Lucky Montana has been released from serving his notice period. Spin man Moffet Mofokeng [has] been displaced. PRASA board is series,” CityPress editor, Ferial Haffajee, wrote in two posts on twitter just after 15h00 on Thursday.

It since been reported that Montana was told to vacate the position yesterday after a tweet from Beeld editor, Adriaan Basson read, “Mr Montana’s last day of employment with the Prasa will accordingly be 15 July 2015”.

AutoPax bus service boss and PRASA Chief Operations Officer (COO), Nathi Khena, has reportedly been announced as Montana’s replacement, while PRASA Group Strategy Officer, Sipho Sithole, will take over Mofokeng’s role.

It is widely believed that PRASA’s acquiring of 13 locomotives from Spanish manufacturer, Vossloh España, which were reported as having exceeded height limits and posing a danger to overhead wires, was the reason for the hasten decision.

Montana has however stated that the R600-milllion Afro 4000 diesel locomotives were suitable for local conditions, and that the reports by Afrikaans newspapers, Rapport and Beeld, were merely penned to discredit PRASA and its employees.

 

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