Mhambi takes on troubled Seta

2010-10-19 15:16

Former top government official Themba Mhambi will replace axed Communications director-general Mamodupi Mohlala as administrator of the public service sector education and training authority (Pseta).

The appointment of Mhambi, former education minister Kader Asmal’s advisor and spokesperson a decade ago, was announced by the higher education and training department in a Government Gazette published last week.

Mhambi has also been corporate communications senior manager at the Road Accident Fund.

Mohlala declined the Pseta position because it was only for six months and she would have reported to higher education and training director-general Mary Metcalfe, which she considered to be a demotion.

Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi offered Mohlala 13 plum positions in government and state-owned enterprises after she was axed by her boss, Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, in July.

The positions include head of the Asset Forfeiture Unit, two director-general posts?– in the departments of public enterprises and of women, children and people with disabilities.

Other positions were principal officer of the Government Employees’ Pension Fund, and chief executive of strategic parastatals, the Public Investment Corporation, Transnet, Transnet Freight Rail, Telkom, SA Airlink, the State Information Technology Agency, Armscor, PetroSA and the National Credit Regulator.

Mhambi will have to turn around Pseta’s fortunes in six months.

Pseta has had seven acting chief executives in four years and before 2008 its finances had not been audited for six years.

Attempts to contact Mhambi were unsuccessful.

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