Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has named Alec Moemi as Director General (DG) of the Transport Department.
Mbalula made the announcement at a briefing in Parliament on Wednesday. The Department of Transport (DoT) has been without a DG since May 2016, after the suspension and passing of former DG Godfrey Selepe.
Moemi was previously the DG of the sports and recreation department. His appointment to the DoT is effective from August 1.
Among Moemi's priorities are filling critical posts at the DoT, 21 of which are senior posts; and the appointment of boards and executives at several entities within the transport department's portfolio.
He will also focus on addressing challenges at the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, and e-tolls.
Cabinet has tasked Mbalula, Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni with finding a solution for e-tolls by the end of August.
"We will meet the end of August deadline to place on the table a viable option to challenges facing us as far as e-tolls are concerned.
"We are mindful of the demand to resolve e-tolls," Mbalula said.
Of his appointment, Moemi said there is a huge task ahead of him.
"It is a huge task, we don't take that task lightly … We are aware of the mandate and priorities the minister demands," he said.