The golden boy of the Gautrain has resigned. Probably one of the most influential civil servants of the new democracy. Met him on a couple of occasions and was always fully engrossed in this project. It is safe to say that this was probably one of only a handful of megaprojects in SA that was not mired in any corruption and was finished to spec and broadly within budget. A huge achievement given the nature of ANC politics
Dachs takes over as Gautrain boss as Van der Merwe retires
Jack van der Merwe, who led the planning and rollout of the Gautrain rapid rail project for two decades, will retire as Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) CEO on February 29.
His successor will be long-time COO, William Dachs, announced Gauteng Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure MEC Jacob Mamabolo on Wednesday.
Mamabolo said Van Der Merwe would continue to assist the Gauteng province through his work as interim CEO of the Gauteng Transport Authority.
Once established, the Gauteng Transport Authority will coordinate all planning and integration efforts around public transport operations in Gauteng, including that of the bus rapid transit system, Metrorail, Gautrain and taxi services.