Umgeni acting boss resigns, operations head picked as new acting CEO

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Umgeni Water's operations executive Sandile Dube has been appointed CEO in an acting capacity.
Umgeni Water's operations executive Sandile Dube has been appointed CEO in an acting capacity.
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  • Umgeni Water acting CEO Nomalungelo Mkhize resigned on Friday with immediate effect.
  • Umgeni's operations executive Sandile Dube was appointed in the CEO position in an acting capacity.
  • Umgeni Water is set to meet with the Department of Water and Sanitation on Wednesday to discussion filling the CEO position permanently and other matters.

Umgeni Water, the second-largest water provider in South Africa, said on Monday in a shareholder notice that its acting chief executive Nomalungelo Mkhize had resigned with immediate effect.

The state-owned body has seen a number of changes in key positions in recent years, including the appointment of Kajal Singh as acting chief financial officer in November last year. Singh's appointment followed the resignation of then-CEO Thamsanqa Hlongwa a month earlier.

Mkhize had been appointed as acting CEO when she was in service as Umgeni Water CFO. 

The shareholder notice said operations executive Sandile Dube was appointed in the CEO position in an acting capacity with effect from last week Friday after Mkhize's resignation became official on the same day.

"The board appointed Sandile Dube, who currently holds the position of executive operations, as the acting chief executive in the interim whilst the board awaits guidance from the Minister of Water and Sanitation on the process to fill the position of chief executive," said the shareholder notice.

Chair of the Umgeni Water board Magasela Mzobe said as a member of the executive committee of Umgeni Water, Dube had the board's full confidence that he could "steer the organisation to greater heights".

The entity said it would wait for guidance from Minister of Water and Sanitation Senzo Mchunu regarding the filling of the CEO position in a permanent capacity.

Water and Sanitation spokesperson Kamogelo Mogotsi told Fin24 that the department would discuss filling the position and other matters with Umgeni Water in a meeting during their provincial visit on Wednesday.

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