Long-serving Maloka to the presidency’s rescue

2015-04-12 15:00

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

The presidency has settled for a rising star in government communication to temporarily fill the shoes of retiring spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Harold Maloka has worked in government communications for the past 16 years.

A shy, unassuming communicator, he has been one of the pillars of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), fulfilling different leadership roles.

In fact, Maloka is so unassuming that he was reported to have turned down the position of acting director-general of communications after it was offered to him by Communications Minister Faith Muthambi last year – the minister had overlooked then acting director-general Phumla Williams in favour of Maloka.

Muthambi then appointed Donald Liphoko as acting director-general.

Maloka joined the GCIS in 1997, moving up the ranks gradually, and then shifted to the newly set up department of performance monitoring and evaluation in 2009 with the now late public service and administration minister Collins Chabane.

In 2013, he was appointed to his current position as deputy CEO of the GCIS.

His colleagues at the GCIS sing his praises and say he is highly effective.

The presidency has announced that he has been appointed to the post until further notice, so he will act in the position until a permanent appointment is made.

His longtime acquaintance and fellow government communicator Albi Modise said Maloka has been a good ambassador of what government does.

“His appointment is a vote of confidence in his skills and dedication to his work.”

Modise and Maloka first met at Technikon Northern Gauteng, where they studied communications.

President Jacob Zuma has employed several spokespeople over the six years he has been in office, including Vincent Magwenya, Zizi Kodwa and Maharaj.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.