SANRAL CEO reaches retirement age

THE SOUTH African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) Chief Executive Officer Nazir Alli will reach the retirement age of 65 next month.

“Nazir Alli has run the agency in a prudent and ethical manner with unqualified audit reports for longer than a decade,” SANRAL board Chair Roshan Morar said on Monday.

Alli has been at the helm of the organisation since its inception in 1998.

“His last day in the office will be determined by the Minister of Transport [Dipuo Peters] in consultation with SANRAL’s board, subsequent to the appointment of the new CEO and a hand-over period,” Morar said.

Under the leadership of Alli, SANRAL has grown from managing a road network of 7 200km in 1998 to 21 403km currently.

SANRAL said the roads and other related infrastructure that have been built by agency under Alli’s auspices are of outstanding quality and have won numerous global awards in engineering excellence.

“His commitment to the country’s socio-economic transformational agenda ensured that educational institutions grew the next generation of engineers through an extensive programme of scholarships, bursaries and internships, in order to reflect the demographic reality of the country,” Morar said.

The agency has started its search for the new CEO.

“Although it is a challenge to replace someone of Nazir’s stature, we would like him to enjoy spending time with his family after his selfless service to our country,” Morar said.