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    PRASA seeks refund in dodgy tender debacle

    Rail parastatal PRASA launched a dramatic court action this week to recover from one of South Africa’s biggest ever tender debacles involving billions of rand‚ the newspaper reported. The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa wants the Spanish company that provided the controversial Afro 4000 trains – found to be unsuitable for the local rail network – to take back its stock and refund the R2.65-billion already paid to it.

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    DA rejects R5bn SAA bailout

    The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on the National Treasury to “immediately and publicly” reject South African Airway’s request for a further bailout of R5 billion. DA spokesperson on public enterprises Natasha Mazzone said the request was ludicrous given the financial constraints the country was currently facing.

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    Scopa members irked by PRASA board’s lack of answers

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) board was sent packing by Parliament’s Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) committee after it failed to adequately answer questions about the procurement of new locomotives. Members of Parliament’s watchdog committee asked several questions around the tender for the locomotives‚ the pricing and the R357-million contract being marked as irregular expenditure by the Auditor-General.

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    Disgruntled staff SAA’s top priority, says new boss Musa Zwane

    The freshly appointed South African Airways (SAA) acting CEO has spoken his first words in the new role. Musa Zwane, the seventh permanent or acting CEO at SAA in less than four years, told the standing committee on finance in Parliament on Wednesday t…

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    PRASA: Government has final say on new CEO

    The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) has started the process of finding a new CEO in place of Lucky Montana‚ who was sacked earlier this year. In adverts for the post which appeared in newspapers last week‚ PRASA states that they are looking for “a results-orientated individual” “who will provide leadership to the organisation of a five year contract.”

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    Transport department to run eNaTIS soon

    The high court in Pretoria has struck another blow to the technology company that is trying to hold on to the lucrative contract to operate the electronic national administration traffic information system (eNaTIS). Judge Wendy Hughes on Friday last week approved the Department of Transport’s application to enforce with immediate effect the order she made on June 23. The order required the department to request the transfer of the eNaTIS from Tasima to the department within five days and for the transfer to be completed within 30 days of the request.

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    DA to request access to PRASA locomotive contracts

    The Democratic Alliance says it will on Monday submit an application in terms of section 18 (1) of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to obtain the tender contract details of the acquisition of the Afro4000 diesel locomotives from the Sp…

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    Montana comes out swinging against Madonsela

    Former Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) group CE Lucky Montana has come out swinging against Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on maladministration at the parastatal. Speaking to Radio 702 on Tuesday morning‚ Montana said Madonsela was not a judge and that he would challenge for a review of her report in court.

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    Scuffles break out as PRASA staffers demand Montana’s reinstatement

    Senior employees at the embattled public rail agency head office in Pretoria refused to work on Wednesday demanding the reinstatement of the agency’s axed head Lucky Montana. The striking employees were kicked out of the head office building PRASA (Pas…

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    Court asked to terminate eNatis contract immediately

    The Department of Transport has resorted to the High Court in Pretoria in a bid to enforce an order to terminate immediately a multibillion rand contract with the company that manages the country’s electronic national traffic information system (eNatis). The department on Wednesday asked Judge Wendy Hughes to implement the judgment she passed on June 23‚ in which she found that the contract Tasima has held for nearly 15 years had been invalid from 2010.

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