New Sanral boss Skhumbuzo Macozoma holds an MSc degree in civil engineering. File photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg - Transport minister Dipuo Peters has welcomed the appointment of Skhumbuzo Macozoma as the new chief executive of the South African National Roads Agency Limited.

Macozoma's appointment was approved by Cabinet nearly two weeks; he will replace Nazir Alli, who retires at the end of September, after being at the helm of Sanral since its it was founded 18 years ago.

On Monday Peters thanked Alli for “the contribution he made towards the building of a world-class national road network”.

“I am sure I speak not only on behalf of Government but also on behalf of road users when I say Mr Alli has delivered good quality national roads which form part of the country's critical infrastructure,” Peters said. “Without good national roads, the economy would choke. As Mr Alli goes into retirement, we wish him and his family well.”

Peters also said Macozoma would be welcomed within the broader engineering sector, the construction industry and the investor community as a professional engineer with a wealth of knowledge in the sector. Macozoma holds a master of science degree in civil engineering. Currently, he is the chief executive of the Electronic Tolling Company and has in the past served as a non-executive director of Sanral.

“I believe that with his experience, Mr Macozoma is a well-resourced person to guide Sanral and ensure that it fulfils its mandate to manage South Africa's road infrastructure, while also incorporating good governance,” Peters said.

“His appointment comes at a crucial time, when the Sanral is in the process of implementing some of its major projects such as the Moloto Road, N2 Wildcoast Highway building, and the upgrading of the N3, which is the busiest road freight corridor in South Africa.”

Meanwhile, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse also welcomed Macozoma's appointment and wished him every success in his new role as head of the organisation.

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