Of­fi­cials brace for new for­eign posts

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Sbu Nde­bele For­mer KwaZulu-Natal premier and Cab­i­net min­is­ter Sbu Nde­bele, for­mer chair­per­son of the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces Mn­inwa Mahlangu and for­mer spy boss Den­nis Dlomo will be jet­ting off to for­eign mis­sions soon. They will be joined by busi­nessper­son Zindzi

Man­dela, for­mer chief of Mn­inwa Mahlangu

state pro­to­col Bruce Koloane and for­mer Cope MP Smuts Ngonyama.

Nde­bele will re­place Koleka Mqul­wana as South Africa’s high com­mis­sioner to Aus­tralia at its mis­sion in Can­berra.

Mahlangu will re­place Ebrahim Ra­sool at South Africa’s em­bassy in Wash­ing­ton and Dlomo will be posted to Al­ge­ria.

Zindzi Man­dela be­comes the sec­ond Man­dela daugh­ter to be­come an am­bas­sador. The other, Ze­nani, is in Buenos Aires, Ar­gentina. Zindzi Man­dela is go­ing to Den­mark, Koloane to The Hague in the Nether­lands and Ngonyama is headed for Spain.

Nde­bele, who pre­vi­ously served as min­is­ter of trans­port and of cor­rec­tional ser­vices, was 24th on the ANC’s par­lia­men­tary list, but didn’t take up his po­si­tion in Par­lia­ment after the May elec­tions.

He told City Press he was look­ing for­ward to his new role. “I have been in gov­ern­ment for 20 years and it is time for a change,” he said. Nde­bele said his post­ing was im­por­tant in terms of the In­dian Ocean Rim As­so­ci­a­tion, a re­gional fo­rum with 20 mem­ber states, of which South Africa and Aus­tralia are mem­bers.

“Our ties [with Aus­tralia] will be a lot stronger,” he said. Zindzi Man­dela Nde­bele said South Africa and Aus­tralia shared the Square Kilo­me­tre Ar­ray project and needed to co­op­er­ate on that, as well as on min­ing.

There is also a large ex­pa­tri­ate com­mu­nity in the coun­try.

Mahlangu is tak­ing over from Ra­sool at a time when the US Congress is de­lib­er­at­ing the re­newal of the African Growth and Op­por­tu­nity Act and whether South Africa should still be in­cluded.

He chaired the Na­tional Coun­cil of Prov­inces from 2004 to 2014. Ra­sool was placed too low down on the ANC’s par­lia­men­tary list for this year’s elec­tions to make it back to Par­lia­ment. Den­nis Dlomo Dlomo for­merly worked as co­or­di­na­tor of in­tel­li­gence on the na­tional in­tel­li­gence co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee, but was re­de­ployed to the depart­ment of in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and co­op­er­a­tion (Dirco).

Koloane was con­tro­ver­sially de­moted to de­part­men­tal li­ai­son of­fi­cer in Dirco after tak­ing the fall for the land­ing of the Gupta plane at Waterk­loof Air Force Base.

Ngonyama worked as ANC pres­i­den­tial spokesper­son un­der Thabo Mbeki, but joined Cope after Mbeki was forced to re­sign. He re­turned to the ANC be­fore the May elec­tions.

Dirco spokesper­son Clayson Monyela said the depart­ment could not com­ment on post­ings un­til the am­bas­sadors had pre­sented their cre­den­tials to their host coun­tries.

Smuts Ngonyama

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