Mr Ricky Maharaj
Senior Manager: CAP
Ricky Maharaj, a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner, has been Senior Manager - Container Assistance Programme since 2008. His career kicked off in 1989 when he joined the Durban University of Technology as a Junior PRO. From 1991, he was Assistant PRO at Technikon Witwatersrand (now UJ) and promoted to Business Faculty manager in 1992.
From 1994-1996 Ricky was CSI Assistant manager - Corporate Communications where he managed Arts and Culture CSI projects including the Grahamstown Arts festival CSI programme. In 1997, he joined the Transnet Group, Corporate Communications as Manager: Under Utilised Assets where his key objective was the identification of underutilised assets in Transnet for the CSI. It is during this period that he developed the Containerised Assistance strategy.
In 2003 to 2007, he became Senior Manager- Entrepreneurial Development where he researched and developed the Entrepreneurial portfolio strategy which focused on BEE and SMME development. His current experience is in the area of socio-economic development with a focus on infrastructure, environmental management and capacity development.
Ricky currently manages diverse stakeholders including government, business, the Transnet business units, and the development of the TCSC (Transnet Container Safety centre) model which provides container infrastructure, safety and social services while including Transnet business units in operations.
His academic qualifications stretch from an ND in Public Relations, Project Management Certificate, Wits Bus School’s Manager’s Programme Certificate, PRISA’s certificate in Community Relations and Development, Certification as a Chartered Public Relations Practitioner and the IIR College’s Strategic Management Best Practices, as well as a National Certificate from Wits Technikon.
Ricky developed a new partnership with Community Policing Forums and Boards nationally and successfully piloted the Transnet Container Safety Centre (TCSC) model.
He was nominated to participate and represent Transnet at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in 1995. In 2001, he was nominated at the Mail and Guardian Awards, in the community development category and at the Mpumelelo Awards in 2000 in its CSI category. In 2005, Ricky received the Proudly SA and ITG BBBEE speakers’ award.