Tshepo Kgobe to Lead Gautrain into a Brighter Future

  • Tshepo Kgobe Appointed CEO: Tshepo Kgobe has been named as the next CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA), bringing extensive engineering and leadership experience to the role. His appointment is set to begin on February 1, 2024.
  • Strong Leadership for GMA: The Gauteng MEC for Transport and Logistics, Kedibone Diale-Tlabela, expressed confidence in Tshepo Kgobe's ability to lead GMA to greater heights, emphasizing his potential to maintain excellence, innovation, and good governance within the agency.
  • Board Changes and a Promising Future: Alongside Kgobe's appointment, new members have been welcomed to the GMA Board, marking a renewed commitment to effective governance. This leadership transition signifies a new era for the Gautrain, promising continued innovation and excellence in public transport services.

In a significant development for the Gauteng province’s public transport sector, Tshepo Kgobe has been appointed as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Gautrain Management Agency (GMA). The announcement was made by Gauteng MEC for Transport and Logistics, Kedibone Diale-Tlabela, signaling a transition in leadership that is set to take effect on February 1, 2024. Kgobe will succeed the incumbent CEO, William Dachs, who is set to step down on January 31, 2024.

The appointment of Tshepo Kgobe has been met with widespread anticipation and optimism, with stakeholders expressing confidence in his ability to lead the GMA to even greater heights. MEC Diale-Tlabela commended Kgobe’s leadership qualities, stating, “On behalf of the Gauteng Provincial Executive, GMA Board, and the Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport, we congratulate Tshepo Kgobe on his appointment. We believe his strong leadership will help steer GMA to greater heights, maintain its standards of excellence, innovation and good governance, and cement its position as a Centre of Excellence in the rail and public transport sector.”

Tshepo Kgobe brings a wealth of technical expertise and experience to his new role as CEO. As an engineer with a diverse background in infrastructure, energy, mining, and the railway environment, he is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of the public transport sector. Kgobe played a pivotal role in the early stages of the Gautrain project, where he was responsible for the engineering and project management of the trackwork subsystem. This experience provided him with valuable insights into the intricacies of the Gautrain system.

Kgobe’s journey with the GMA began in 2014 when he joined as the Senior Executive Manager responsible for the Technical Services Unit. His exceptional performance and innovative ideas led to his appointment as Chief Operating Officer in 2020. During his tenure, Kgobe introduced novel and visionary concepts within the agency, contributing to the development of innovative and smart mobility solutions for the province. His leadership was instrumental in maintaining Gautrain’s reputation for excellence.

MEC Diale-Tlabela also took the opportunity to commend the outgoing CEO, William Dachs, for his outstanding commitment to excellence. Dachs steered the agency through the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and played a pivotal role in the post-lockdown recovery of train ridership while ensuring that Gautrain continued to provide world-class service.

In addition to the appointment of Tshepo Kgobe, MEC Diale-Tlabela welcomed several new members to the Gautrain Management Agency Board, whose tenure will commence on January 1, 2024. The newly appointed board members are as follows:

Chairperson: Mfanelo Patrick Ntsobi
Deputy Chairperson: Malebo Matolong
Tebogo Nancy Seale
Lungile Mtiya
Mamela Luthuli
Desmond Khalid Golding
Kgotso Maja
Irvin Bafana Sibisi
Bongisizwe Mpondo
The appointment of these new board members further underscores the commitment of the Gauteng Provincial Executive to ensuring effective governance and leadership within the GMA.

With Tshepo Kgobe at the helm and a new board in place, the Gautrain Management Agency is poised to continue its mission of providing efficient and innovative public transport solutions for the people of Gauteng. Kgobe’s appointment signals a new era of leadership that is expected to maintain the agency’s reputation for excellence and further enhance its role as a pioneer in the field of rail and public transport.



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