To provide an integrated, innovative and efficient public transport system that promotes sustainable socio-economic growth in South Africa
The Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, currently Mr Ismail Vadi, is the Executive Authority of the GMA and the GMA Board is the Accounting Authority as contemplated in the Public Finance Management Act. The GMA Board is appointed by the MEC for Roads and Transport.
The GMA board is chaired by Mr Mogopodi Mokoena and is made up of:
The GMA Board is the foundation of the GMA’s corporate governance systems and is accountable and responsible for the GMA’s performance. The Board retains effective control through a clear governance structure and has established committees to assist it.
The Board has established the following committees and also approved the Committees’ Terms of Reference:
The day-to-day management of the Agency is structured in such a way as to include independent adjudicators and internal auditors to ensure good governance. Other functions in the structure are finance, technical, corporate compliance and legal services and communication and marketing.
The Bombela Concession Company holds a nineteen and a half year Concession to design, build, part-finance and operate the Gautrain. Bombela manages the interfaces between all its contractors and provides an integrated solutions approach for this Public Private Partnership (PPP) project, promising passengers a state-of-the-art transport system.
The GMA has been established in terms of the GMA Act and listed under Schedule 3 (c) of the Public Financial Management Act (PFMA) as a Provincial Public Entity. Other national and provincial legislation and policies relevant to the GMA are:
After careful analysis of the management needs associated with the implementation of Gautrain, including a consideration of the role of the different Provincial and National Departments and other stakeholders associated with the Project, it was decided to investigate the possibility of establishing an agency to manage the implementation of Gautrain from Government’s side.
The Gautrain Political Committee approved the investigation, recommended by National Treasury and a management consultant, was appointed to do the study and develop a Business Case. Such a Business Case was finalised and its findings supported by the Political Committee after several meetings with relevant departments, including National Treasury.
Draft legislation was then developed which was approved by the Provincial Executive Council for submission to the Gauteng Legislature. The Legislature approved the legislation on 6 December 2006 and the Act was promulgated on 19 December 2006. As indicated in the Business Case and Gautrain Management Agency Act, the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) provides the necessary capacity to fulfill Province’s contractual obligations and manage its relationship with the Concessionaire and with all other stakeholders. In the Business Case the different institutional alternatives were discussed including managing the project through a component (e.g. Chief Directorate) within the relevant existing Provincial Government Department, the establishment of a dedicated unit or a new dedicated department within Provincial Government and thirdly the establishment of a Provincial Public Entity. The Business Case came to the conclusion that of these three options, a public entity provides the most appropriate vehicle to ensure that all of Gautrain’s objectives and other considerations are addressed and incorporated into the implementation and operation of the project. It goes on to say that ultimately the rationale for an autonomous Agency is based on the need to manage Government’s significant financial and other risks in the project, both during the time of implementation and operation.
The objects of the GMA are provided in Chapter 1 of the GMA Act. Overall it is to manage, co-ordinate and oversee the Project in the interest of government as a whole and the Province in particular. It includes matters such as managing the relationship between the Province and the Concessionaire in terms of the Concession Agreement, managing assets and finances, liaising with all relevant Government structures and interested parties promoting the Project, promoting BBBEE, and integrating the Project with other transport services. The functions and powers of the GMA are described in the Act.
The Board members were appointed in 2007/2008 and the Board became operational in January 2009.