Six AG hopefuls

2013-09-01 14:00

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Parliament will next week interview six candidates as it moves to fill the position of Auditor-General (AG). 

Terence Nombembe’s term ends in November. Here are the six candidates who will sit in the interview hot seat:

Thembekile Makwetu

He has been tipped as the frontrunner. Makwetu has been the deputy AG since 2007. He is a chartered accountant who has worked at Standard Bank, Deloitte, Liberty and Metropolitan Life. He has been described by colleagues as an independent thinker and a stickler for transparency.

Zaitun Gaffair Shaik

She is the manager of regulatory auditing in the AG office. A chartered accountant by training, Shaik has been with the office for more than eight years and has been responsible for quality control standards and performance measurement.

Lily Zondo

She is MTN SA’s general manager of business risk management. She is also former executive in the AG office. There, she was responsible for national and public entities in the financial services sector of government. Zondo too is a qualified chartered accountant.

Josephine Naicker

She is the chief director in the Eastern Cape Treasury and lectured at the University of KwaZulu-Natal between 2009 and last year. Naicker has worked as an auditor at the SA Revenue Service (Sars), auditing firm KPMG and in the AG’s office before joining the UN.

Kaushik Patel

He is a former SA Airways and Telkom chief financial officer. Patel, a chartered accountant, has also worked for African Bank as its finance executive and Teba Bank as financial adviser. He is currently the chief financial officer at J&J Group.

Avhashoni Ramikosi

Ramikosi is a senior auditor at PwC and manager of finance at Standard Bank. At Sars, he worked his way up from assistant manager to senior manager of audit operations. Between 2004 and 2006, he was president of the Association for the Advancement of Black Accountants of Southern Africa.

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