Nzimande’s adviser to replace Metcalfe

2010-10-25 14:45

Gwebinkundla Qonde will replace Mary Metcalfe as the higher education and training department’s director-general.

Qonde was minister Blade Nzimande’s special adviser, the department said today.

“The minister wishes Mr Qonde all the best with his new responsibilities, and urges all colleagues, within and outside the department, to offer him their full support,” said chief of staff Nqaba Nqandela.

Nzimande and Metcalfe had agreed that she would leave the department before the end of April 2011, they said in a joint statement on October 18.

The two dismissed media speculation on October 17 of allegations of impropriety by either party.

City Press had reported that Metcalfe was set to quit “following a nasty fallout” with Nzimande.

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