Untu welcomes resignation of Transnet Freight Rail CEO Siza Mzimela

Siza Mzimela, CEO of Transnet Freight Rail, has resigned, and Untu welcomes her resignation.

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Siza Mzimela, the CEO of Transnet’s Freight Rail, has resigned, and CAPE TOWN – United National Transport Union ( Untu ) has accepted her resignation.

The ongoing parastatal’s subpar performance, as well as protests from the mining sector and the business community, are all contributing factors to Mzimela resigning.

On Thursday, the head of the rail division informed the staff of her resignation and her intention to remain there through the end of October in a letter.

Days after Nonkuleko Dlamini and Portia Derby, the CEO of Transnet Group, announced their resignations, she is scheduled to leave.


  • According to Untu, Derby’s resignation as Transnet CEO was not unexpected.
  • Transnet is attempting to make up for the loss of DPE’s highly skilled staff.
  • SIU’s efforts to combat corruption at Transnet are supported by Untu.

Untu claimed that staff members had been threatened with retrenchment as a result of the parastatal’s poor performance.

Atenkosi Plaatjie, the union’s spokesperson, said that while the exodus of Transnet executives is concerning, Untu believes that it offers the government and the board a chance to end the cycle of political appointments and cadre deployment.

Plaatjie continued by saying that Mzimela’s resignation presented an opening for the appointment of a skilled and experienced candidate who was knowledgeable about the rail industry.

Russell Baatjies has been named acting CEO of Transnet Freight Rail.

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