GP Gov Appoints New Gautrain Management Agency CEO

The Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure, Mr. Jacob Mamabolo has announced the appointment of Mr William Dachs as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA).

“After an exhaustive selection process, Mr. Dachs’s appointment was endorsed by the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Executive Council”, said the MEC. The MEC also stressed his confidence in Mr. Dachs’s abilities to lead the GMA to maintain and further the Agency’s excellent levels of governance, transformation and vision for improved mobility coupled with socio-economic development.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Dachs’s calibre and experience to lead the GMA,” said Mr. Mamabolo. “Public transport is at a critical moment and Gauteng needs efficient leadership to successfully implement the Gauteng Provincial Government’s strategy of “Growing Gauteng Together” – the Provincial growth development plan and roadmap to 2030.” Mr. Dachs has served as the Agency’s Chief Operating Officer since 2014 and prior to that as its Senior Executive Manager Technical Services.

Mr. Dachs is a Professional Engineer registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa and has degrees in Civil Engineering and Law. He has worked at the National Treasury and at the World Bank developing skills in infrastructure finance. Prior to joining National Treasury in 2000, he worked for ten years as a consulting civil engineer in transport and water – related projects in South Africa.

This leadership appointment is effective 1 February 2020 during which Mr. Dachs will shadow outgoing CEO Mr. Jack van der Merwe for a month with the aim of a smooth transition.

Mamabolo has also announced the retirement of Mr. Jack van der Merwe as CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) effective 29 February 2020, after serving for 20 years as Gautrain Project Leader and Chief Executive Officer of the GMA. The MEC announced that Mr Van Der Merwe will continue to assist the Province in the other capacities such as interim CEO of the Gauteng Transport Authority to establish the Authority. Once established, the Gauteng Transport Authority will co-ordinate the planning, integration and enforcement of public transport operations in Gauteng such as the bus rapid transits, Metrorail, Gautrain and taxi services. The Authority is set to transform the current fragmentation of public transport governance and coordinate the management of public transport services.

“Mr van der Merwe has successfully led Gautrain and the GMA from its inception. Gautrain has changed the landscape of Gauteng and continues to make a significant impact on the Gauteng economy, its society and the mobility of its people,” said Mamabolo. Since commencing as the CEO of the GMA in 2009 Mr. Van der Merwe has established the Agency’s fundamentals of good governance – including eight clean audits. “Under his leadership, Mr. van der Merwe laid the foundation for a good future.

He has earned the Gauteng Provincial Government’s unqualified gratitude,” remarked the MEC

Issued by: Gautrain Management Agency
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GMA Senior Executive Manager: Communication and Marketing
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