Transport minister Blade Nzimande says he's going to appoint a task team to find out why turnaround strategies at the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) have failed. But interim board chair Khanyisile Kweyama says it's no mystery. "You may have very nice strategies but if you don't have the management to implement them, you have a problem. Skills are a big problem at Prasa." There's a disastrous gap in key areas such as rail. "Prasa is about rail, and the rail skills have left over the years," Kweyama says. Incompetent executives and managers were appointed to run the rail service for years, and they didn't have a clue. They still don't. The board's most important job now is finding those who do, she says. "We've advertised almost the full exco [executive committee] because we don't have the right people in place. We need skills, people who understand what we are trying to deliver," Kweyama says. Other key positions such as CEO rail and CEO engineering still need to be advertised. ...

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