The City of Johannesburg has announced that Rea Vaya’s project manager, Bob Stanway, has retired.

Bob Stanway retires“Bob has played such an exceptional role in the successful planning and implementation of the Rea Vaya BRT project. We would like to thank him for his ongoing commitment and invaluable contribution to creating a world-class public transport system for the City,” says Rehana Moosajee, the City’s MMC for Transportation.

She adds that Bob brought years of experience in the transport sector to the Rea Vaya project.

“As a qualified engineer, he started his career working on the planning and construction of the London Transport Jubilee Line, followed by a spell with the Johannesburg City Engineer’s Department.

In 1980, he co-founded South Africa’s first specialist consulting transportation engineering practice. From 2000 to 2003 he was a Divisional Fellow at the CSIR, after which he took the post of Executive Director: Transportation in the City of Johannesburg,” she says.

Many of his colleagues expressed their admiration for Bob. Speaking at his farewell, Yolisa Mashilwane Director of Management Support at the City’s Transportation Department, said: “It was a privilege to work with and learn from Bob. He brought so much knowledge and experience to the Rea Vaya project and to the Transport Department”.

Moosajee adds that Bob has worked closely with a team of experts over the past few months to ensure a smooth transition when he retires.

“We have a strong transitional team in place, which includes Lisa Seftel, the City’s Executive Director for Transportation; Lael Bethlehem, CEO of the Johannesburg Development Agency, and Jacques van Zyl, previously the MD of North West Star and interim MD of Metrobus,” she explains.

The City will, however, advertise the Project Manager post, as well as other senior posts, including that of Operations Manager shortly.

“Furthermore, negotiations with affected taxi associations are imminent and could also include processes around job opportunities, particularly in operations,” she says.