Derek Hanekom appointment welcomed

2012-10-03 20:34
Derek Hanekom. (Cornél van Heerden, Beeld)

Derek Hanekom. (Cornél van Heerden, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Newly-appointed Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom will continue to steer South Africa towards a knowledge economy, his department said on Wednesday.

"Hanekom is familiar with the portfolio of science and technology and he will continue with the drive to steer the country towards a knowledge economy," director general Phil Mjwara said in a statement.

Hanekom's appointment and that of his predecessor Naledi Pandor as minister of home affairs were announced earlier in the day.

President Jacob Zumka said in a statement: "They have distinguished themselves in their current portfolios and I am confident that they will do exceptionally well in their new responsibilities as well. I wish them all the best."

The department thanked Pandor for her leadership, her enthusiasm for science and technology and the role she played in South Africa's successful bid for the Square Kilometre Array.

Hanekom said it had been a privilege working with Pandor.

"I will build on the foundation laid by my predecessors, including the former minister of science and technology, Mosibudi Mangena," he said in a statement.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma resigned as home affairs minister last month to chair the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Hanekom will be sworn in as minister at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria at 10:00 on Thursday.

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