COMMENT: APPOINTMENT OF MICHELLE PHILLIPS AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND NOSIPHO MAPHUMULO AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

COMMENT: APPOINTMENT OF MICHELLE PHILLIPS AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE AND NOSIPHO MAPHUMULO AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

29 FEBRUARY 2024

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APPOINTMENT OF MICHELLE PHILLIPS AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AND NOSIPHO MAPHUMULO AS TRANSNET GROUP CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC welcomes the appointment of Michelle Phillips as Transnet’s Group Chief Executive Officer and Nosipho Maphumulo as Group Chief Financial Officer by the Minister of Public Enterprises, Pravin Gordhan in an official statement released on Wednesday, 28 February 2024.

Since the initial appointment of Ms Phillips in 2023, as Acting Group Chief Executive Officer for Transnet, during a critical time where businesses needed strategic decisive leadership to resume efficient port operations. Ms Phillips has demonstrated clear strategic thinking and alignment when it comes to Port operations and quick turnaround solutions.

As the business community of eThekwini, we started seeing clear direction and action on critical issues such as Port congestion, aged equipment that needed to be attended to. Through her interim leadership as Acting GCEO, we started to see clear direction on a turnaround strategy geared towards resolving these issues, and not only so but there has been movement in the implementation of this strategic plan. Ms Phillips’s clear customer-focused strategy has been truly evident over the past couple of months, as the business community of eThekwini has engaged with her and her team a number of times, in order to work together to tackle Port and Rail issues that have resulted in added pressure on our road infrastructure. 

As a business community, we look forward to continuing the work that we have started with Ms Phillips, and we are pleased that her appointment is the reassurance of continuity, and stability with us the business community.

As a Port City/Province we recognise the reality that we are faced with, we know that we still have a long road ahead of us, however with strong Transnet leadership we believe we can work together towards sustainable solutions for the business community.

We wish Ms Phillips and her team all the best and as a business community of eThekwini, we believe in her leadership ability and capability and we look forward to continuing the relationship that we have started.

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About the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC

Founded in 1856, the Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC is the largest member-based metropolitan chamber in Southern Africa. We represent approximately 3,000 businesses in eThekwini and beyond, ranging from multinationals to corporates and SMMEs. Since 2019, we also represent 54,000 informal sector businesses through their business associations. Policy and advocacy are at the heart of our work and we assist members with securing trade and investment opportunities locally and internationally, providing business advisory services (CIPC, Certificate of Origin, ITC checks, HR consultancy and more) across a broad spectrum of sectors, engaging thought leadership through forum webinars and other networking events, sharing business information through digital platforms, and also sourcing business insights through occasional questionnaires. The Durban Chamber advocates and influences policy decisions that affect the interests of business (tax legislation, import and export regulations and more), offering member benefits and providing information relevant to business decision-making. As a business-based and member-focused organisation, our strategic purpose is to help create a conducive economic and business environment to facilitate and promote economic growth in the region in partnership with key stakeholders.

For more info, contact the Durban Chamber on 031 335 1000 or info@durbanchamber.co.za

Our website is www.durbanchamber.co.za

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

Comment attribution: Palesa Phili, CEO, The Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC

Media contacts:

Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry NPC

Ms Zanele Khomo

Chief Growth Officer

T: +27 31 335 1000

E: khomoz@durbanchamber.co.za

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