GMA’s Mandate

The main objective of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) is to manage, coordinate and oversee the Gautrain Project. In order to do so, the GMA must:
  • Assist the Gauteng Provincial Government (GPG) in implementing Gautrain and achieving the Project’s objectives.
  • Act on behalf of GPG in managing the relationship between Province and the Concessionaire in terms of the Concession Agreement and ensure that the interests of Province are protected.
  • Enhance the integration of Gautrain with other transport services and Public Transport Plans.
  • Promote and maximise the Socio-Economic Development and BBBEE objectives of the GPG in relation to Gautrain.
  • Liaise with and promote co-operation between government structures in all three spheres of Government in relation to Gautrain.
  • Liaise with persons having an interest in the project.
  • Manage assets relating to Gautrain and promote their preservation and maintenance.
  • Manage the finances of the Gautrain Project and the financial securities provided by the Concessionaire.
  • Monitor the policy and legislative environment of the Gautrain Project.

GMA’s Vision

To provide an integrated, innovative and efficient public transport system that promotes sustainable socio-economic growth in South Africa

 


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Leadership

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 Ms Motseoa Lugemwa  and is made up of: 

  • Ms Doris Dondur (Deputy Chairperson)
  • Mr Jack van der Merwe (CEO of the GMA)
  • Mr Mzolisi Nkumanda
  • Prof Wellington Thwala
  • Mr Bolokang Lengane
  • Ms Sebina Hlapolosa
  • Mr Satish Roopa
  • Mr Unathi Mntonintshi 
     

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:

  • Audit and Risk Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • HR and Remuneration Committee
  • Social and Ethics Committee

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GMA Structure

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.


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Concessionaire

BombelaThe 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.

 

 

 


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Legislation

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:

National

  • White Paper on National Transport Policy.
  • Urban Transport Act, Act 78 of 1977.
  • Public Finance Management Act, Act 1 of 1999.
  • Environmental Conservation Act, Act 73 of 1989.
  • National Land Transport Act, Act 5 of 2009.
  • National Land Transport Strategic Framework (NLTSF).
  • National Treasury Regulations.
  • Division of Revenue Act.
  • GRAP: Generally Recognised Accounting Practice.

Provincial

  • Gauteng White Paper on Transport Policy.
  • Gauteng Transport Legislative Framework.
  • Gauteng Transport Framework Revision Act, Act 8 of 2002.
  • Gauteng Public Passenger Road Transport Act, Act 7 of 2001.
  • Gauteng Transport Infrastructure Act, Act 8 of 2001.
  • Gauteng Legislation on Development Planning.
  • Urban Transport Act, Act 78 of 1977.
  • Gautrain Management Agency Act (GMA Amendment Act 6 of 2008).
  • The Local Government Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000.
  • Provincial Growth and Development Strategy (PGDS).
  • Gauteng Spatial Development Perspective.
  • Occupational Health & Safety Act.

Gautrain Management Agency Act


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GMA History

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.

On 31 October 2012 the Gautrain History Book was launched. The book covers the history of Gautrain from concept through to the start of operations in 2010. To view a digital version of the book please click here.