DG resigns, cites ‘personal reasons’

2011-02-17 11:21

International Relations and Co-operation director-general (DG) Ayanda Ntsaluba has resigned, the department confirmed in a statement today.

Ntsaluba served as DG in the department since 2003.

His resignation was accepted by Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

She said Nstaluba had asked that the department cut short his contract so that he could leave on March 31.

“I thank him for his dedication and his hard work. On behalf of [the Department of International Relations and Cooperation] I wish the DG all the best for the future.”

She said Ntsaluba cited personal reasons for his resignation.

“I am leaving for personal reasons that have to do with my family,” he said in telephone interview.

Ntsaluba was first appointed deputy director-general for policy and planning in the Department of Health in 1995.

In June 1998, he was appointed DG of health and served until 2003 when he was appointed as the DG of international relations.

“After 12 years of serving as DG, I have had the pleasure to serve all our presidents in the democratic South Africa. I express my gratitude to all my political principals for giving me space to grow.

“I wish to place on record my profound gratitude to President [Jacob] Zuma, Deputy President [Kgalema] Motlanthe, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the deputy ministers in the department for the opportunity afforded to me and the support I received in the course of my duties,” he said.

Ntsaluba said he was confident that he was leaving the department in a “good space”. He said that a “solid foundation had been laid“, especially in the administration of the department.

“We have had six consecutive clean audits since I started there. The major thing I had expected was to hold the department together from the administrative point of view, and also on accountability,” Ntsaluba said.

The department has not yet announced a replacement for Ntsaluba

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