The new CEO of SANRAL, Skhumbuzo Macozoma. The new CEO of SANRAL, Skhumbuzo Macozoma.

According to a press statement sent by the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Limited (SANRAL) its newly appointed CEO, Skhumbuzo Macozoma, is well-equipped to lead the national roads agency into a new era of growth and an expanded mandate to manage South Africa’s road infrastructure.

Following Cabinet's announcement of the appointment of Macozoma, Board Chairman Roshan Morar says he is confident the appointment will be welcomed within the broader engineering sector, the construction industry and the investor community.

"Macozoma brings strong professional credentials and an impressive track record of leadership and service in the industry. SANRAL is fortunate to have found someone of his calibre and experience,” says Morar.

Macozoma will succeed Nazir Alli, the founding CEO of SANRAL as he retires this month after 18 years at the helm of the organisation.

Morar emphasised that the pace and direction of South Africa’s economic growth is dependent on the quality of its infrastructure. SANRAL plays a leading role in this space to ensure South Africa’s road network is well-managed and in excellent shape – Macozoma is well qualified to continue the agency on this path.

Morar says Macozoma will take over the executive leadership of an organisation that is highly regarded both locally and globally for the quality of its corporate governance and its excellence in engineering and project management. SANRAL recently received an unqualified audit report for the 13th consecutive year.

SANRAL now manages a national road network of almost 22,000km in all nine provinces. It is responsible for all national roads and a growing number of provinces are requesting the agency to assume responsibility for their strategic roads.

Macozoma holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) and a MSc in the same field. He was the Chief Officer: Transport and Logistics of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee in 2008 to 2010 and had served as a Transport Manager in the same Committee from 2007 to 2008. Prior to that, he was Chief Director: Integrated Infrastructure Network Development in the National Department of Transport (2003 - 2007) and had also worked as a Project Manager and Research Engineer for the CSIR from 1993 to 2002. He also served as the Managing Director of the Johannesburg Roads Agency. Currently, he is the CEO of the Electronic Tolling Company and has in the past served as a non-executive director of SANRAL.

His previous positions in the past make him a well-rounded executive who is best placed to lead SANRAL into the future, says the Board.

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