Iron lady: Transnet CEO Portia Derby means business

 

Transnet CEO Portia Derby has been tasked with turning around an SOE hollowed out by corruption. Getting the R74bn-turnover rail, port and pipeline company back on track will involve clawing back money lost through dodgy deals, cleaning up contracts, and pushing back against the ‘Transnet premium’ — the 30% mark-up the company is overcharged by contractors

Transnet CEO Portia Derby has been tasked with turning around an SOE hollowed out by corruption. Getting the R74bn-turnover rail, port and pipeline company back on track will involve clawing back money lost through dodgy deals, cleaning up contracts, and pushing back against the ‘Transnet premium’ — the 30% mark-up the company is overcharged by contractors

It’s been seven months since Portia Derby was named CEO of one of SA’s biggest companies — the R74bn-turnover transport group Transnet. Not only does this make her one of just a tiny sliver of women heading an SA corporate behemoth, it gives her the odd distinction of now leading a company formerly headed by her ex-husband, Brian Molefe, regarded in some circles as public enemy number one.

As luck would have it, in the week that the FM has a virtual interview with Derby, Molefe was named in a civil case to recover R3.8bn looted from Eskom during his tenure as CEO.

Link to story: https://www.businesslive.co.za/fm/features/cover-story/2020-08-20-iron-lady-transnet-ceo-portia-derby-means-business/

 

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