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CTA now a parastatal

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MBABANE – It is final, the Central Transport Administration (CTA) will now operate as a government parastatal.

The Central Transport Organisation (CTO) Bill of 2011 was given royal assent last week and it is now an Act.
Ntuthuko Dlamini, Minister of Public Works and Transport, revealed this on State radio yesterday, saying that processes towards the conversion of CTA into a parastatal known as the CTO would begin soon after being announced by the next minister.

The CTO will be a Category ‘A’ para-statal, like the Swaziland Posts and Telecommunications Corporation (SPTC) and Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC). It will be led by a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and also have a Chief Financial Officer (CFO).
Such a transformation is envisaged to bring about sweeping changes expected to eliminate the many misdeeds that went on at the CTA, including the disciplinary of wayward staff.

“I was over the moon. This law will operate when the minister announces. What this also means is that CTA workers and government will have sit together to negotiate terminal benefits. After this process, new and some existing staff will be redeployed into the parastatal,” explained Dlamini.
Other Bills that also received royal assent was the Industry Construction Bill of 2009 and Architect and Allied Professionals Bill of 2009.

In December last year, Dlamini told Parliament that close to E3 billion of taxpayers’ money went into investigating corruption at the Central Transport Administration (CTA) dating back to the 1990s. He said ever since the problems of corruption surfaced at CTA, many specialists were hired over the years to do forensic audits, but, unfortunately, crucial recommendations were never implemented.

Had the recommendations been implemented the loss of billions of Emalangeni would have been avoided.
Dlamini at that time did not have an immediate compiled list of all the consultants and the monies paid to them.
Meanwhile, the National Public Service and Allied Workers Union (NAPSAWU) Secretary General Musa Mdluli, said government should see to it that no CTA employee was sent home but be redeployed in other departments.

For those who will prefer to leave, he said they must be paid all their dues including severance allowance.


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