“We are satisfied with Mtimkulu” - PRASA

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 9, 2015

The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has hit back at allegations that it’s Head of Engineering, Dr Daniel Mtimkulu, never registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), saying that his level of work has been satisfactory.

Yesterday, Beeld alleged that Mtimkulu, who had been involved with the designing of the controversial R600-million Afro 4000 diesel locomotives, had his 2006 ESCA application rejected for not handing in certain documents determined as being applicable when carrying out state related projects.

“You and the people from the ECSA can do whatever and phone the whole of South Africa. We have Mtimkulu’s records and are satisfied with his work,” PRASA spokesperson, Moffet Mofokeng, reportedly told Netwerk24 when asked for comment.

The paper also reported that the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) revealed that it could find no previous records of Mtimkulu having studied and obtained an engineering degree as claimed on his CV, with questions also being raised about the legitimacy of his claimed PhD from a German university.

“Why is this so important? It is of no importance where he received his PhD from,” Mofokeng said, refusing to name the university in question.

At a media briefing earlier this week, PRASA Group CEO Lucky Montana said that a weekend newspaper article, claiming that the locomotives’ roofs exceeded imposed height restrictions, were untrue as no report exists of them coming into contact with overhead wires, bridges or tunnels.

 

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