Lindelwa Jabavu Appointed Acting CEO Of RAF: 6 Things You Should Know


The Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi has appointed Lindelwa Jabavu as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Road Accident Fund (RAF).

Prior to her appointment, Jabavu was the COO of RAF. He will serve in the new position until a new CEO is appointed. The appointment takes effect from July 1.

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Her predecessor, Dr Eugene Watson stepped down from his position in June when he completed his five-year term. He was appointed on July 1, 2012.

In a statement, Minister Maswanganyi said Jabavu has extensive experience and her appointment will guarantee that stability is maintained during the ushering in of a new compensation system under the Road Accident Benefit Scheme, thus ensuring productivity continues.”

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RAF chairperson Dr Ntuthuko Bhengu expressed confidence that “with the Department of Transport’s (DoT’s) RABS Bill currently before Parliament, the RAF would continue to support the DoT’s efforts to create a comprehensive social security safety net, aimed at expanding access benefits to road users previously and currently excluded by virtue of fault.”

Background Of RAF

  • RAF is a juristic person established by an Act of Parliament, namely the Road Accident Fund Act, 1996 (Act No. 56 of 1996) as amended (“RAF Act”).
  • It kicked off operations on 1 May 1997.
  • The RAF provides compulsory social insurance cover to all users of South African roads; rehabilitates and compensates people injured as a result of the negligent driving of motor vehicles.
  • Its objective is to also pay compensation in accordance with the Act for loss or damage wrongfully caused by the driving of a motor vehicle.
  • RAF services do not only cover for South African public alone. It comprises all foreigners within the borders of the country too.
  • The organization provides two types of cover, namely personal insurance cover to accident victims or their families and indemnity cover to wrongdoers.

Facts To Know About Lindelwa Jabavu

  • She was appointed as RAF COO on June 3, 2013.
  • Jabavu previously served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Office of the Auditor-General and as executive head of corporate services at the Independent Development Trust before she joined RAF.
  • She has also worked as head of support services at the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee.
  • She holds Advanced Diploma in Banking, Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource and Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management.