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SATAWU calls for urgent appointment of permanent RAF CEO
8 November 2017
South African Transport and Allied Workers' Union (SATAWU) calls for the intervention of Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi to ensure that the Road Accident Fund (RAF) appoints a permanent chief executive officer as a matter of urgency.
The RAF has been without a CEO since June this year even though the board interviewed several suitably qualified candidates in April. Among those interviewed was Dr Nomonde Mabuya, a qualified medical doctor best known for her work as the chair of the board of Pikitup. Under her stewardship, three separate entities with more than 2 000 employees were integrated into what we now know as Pikitup.
The immediate appointment of a CEO will stabilise the organisation; boost staff morale; finally see the organisation start to implement RABSA - a standardised method of paying out claims; and most importantly it will begin to stem the fund's R40 billion deficit.
A fit and proper CEO will interrogate why RAF spent R11 million fixing potholes in the Pietermaritzburg municipality, while the public's illegitimate claims are being paid sporadically.
A capable CEO will fathom why the fund switched its original employee wellness program to one that is administered by Momentum but costs twice as much at R3 million per annum. Moreover, the contract was never put out to tender.
The right person at the helm would also provide answers as to why billions were spent on Project Siyenza, which saw between 35 000 and 40 000 files handed over to Medscheme and Ernest & Young for finalisation at the cost of R15 000 to R25 000 per file. The files were returned virtually untouched three years later and RAF staff had to finalise them.
It is for these reasons that we call on Minister Maswanganyi to ensure that a permanent CEO is appointed urgently.
For more information contact:
Godfrey Qobeka, SATAWU National Coordinator RAF
078 208 2082 / 011 403 2077
Zanele Sabela, SATAWU Media Officer
079 287 5788 / 011 403 2077 / Zanele@satawu.org.za