Heading a parastatal is a plum job on most South Africans’ wish list, what with pecks being paid by hardworking tax payers’ money.
But the newly appointed Post Office Head, Simo Lushaba knows he has work cut out; a massive task awaits him.
Brought to stabilise what commentators have called the “sinking ship”, Lushaba’s first task will be to appoint an “intervention” team.
Completely out of sorts, the Post Office, yet to recover from the four months strike, has been making terminal losses, has no board and is notorious for corruption and wasteful expenditure.
In an interview published in the Business Section of a weekly broadsheet, Lushaba outlined his urgent plans.
“Firstly, to end the strike that has disrupted services and destroyed trust and confidence of our customers.
“Secondly, to motivate all our people to commit to work with us to successfully intervene and rebuild a sustainable Post Office. On our own as the intervention team, we will not succeed.
“Lastly, once I am assured of the full backing and commitment of our people, to assure all our customers, suppliers and stakeholders that are hugely affected by the strike that we are committed to ratifying the disruptions and putting the Post Office on a trajectory where it can provide reliable services beyond the strike,” he said.
Lushaba is no stranger to the corporate world. Currently, nonexecutive director of Harmony Gold and Cashbuild, he previously worked for Transnet as general manager of rail operations, and at Rand Water as chief executive.