Nazir Alli
Nazir Alli

Lasting legacy of Sanral boss

By Anna Cox Time of article published Jul 14, 2015

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The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) is looking for a new chief executive officer.

The controversial Nazir Alli, who was largely responsible for e-tolls, is retiring as he turns 65 next month.

But he will still be around for the next few months. His last day in office will be determined by the minister of transport, in consultation with Sanral, after the new appointment and a handover period, Roshan Morar, chairman of the Sanral board, said.

Alli has been at the helm since its inception in 1998, and has endured much criticism and abuse from motorists because he was instrumental in establishing the e-tolls.

Morar said Alli had been at the “forefront of modernising South Africa’s national road network to world-class standards for 17 years, and his impeccable track record speaks for itself”.

Under his leadership, Morar said, Sanral had grown from managing a road network of 7 200km in 1998 to 21 400km, which is expected to grow to 35 000km in the future.

“The roads and related infrastructure built by Sanral under his auspices are of outstanding quality and have won numerous global awards in engineering excellence,” he said.

He pointed out that Alli had run the agency in a “prudent and ethical manner with unqualified audit reports for longer than a decade.

The search for the new chief executive had started. The ideal candidate, Morar said, should be a visionary leader who was also a qualified civil engineer. He or she must be a person of influence, who will be charged with developing a tactical plan to advance the company’s mission, vision and objectives.

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