Former head of Mpumalanga tourism demoted

2014-06-12 11:18

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Johannesburg -  The former chairperson of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) board has been reinstated, but as deputy chairperson of the board, tourism MEC Sikhumbuzo Kholwane's office said on Thursday.

"...For the sake of unity of the board, Ms Clara Ndlovu is re-instated as a member of the board and deputy chairperson with immediate effect, for the remaining term of office," Kholwane's spokesperson Mohau Ramodibe said in a statement.

Former Mpumalanga tourism MEC Pinky Phosa reportedly removed Ndlovu from her post last month for suspending MTPA chief executive Jacques Modipane without consultation.

Ndlovu was replaced by Fidel Mlombo, effective from April 30.

This came after thousands of rands worth of rhino horns were stolen from a strongroom at the organisation's offices in Mbombela on April 20.

Ali Gideon Mtshali, 51, and Leonard Sizwe Malatjie, 34, have been charged with the theft, but claimed in court that they were forced into confessing to the crime.

Kholwane recently met the MTPA board after numerous clashes between it and Modipane, Ramodibe said.

At the meeting, Kholwane said: "I implore for unity between the board and the management of the MTPA in order to move the agency forward."

He confirmed Mlombo as chairman of the board until the end of the term of office on September 30.

Kholwane said the board should go on a "strategic retreat" with an independent external facilitator to restore unity, purpose, and cohesion, as well as to re-focus on its core-mandate.

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