Se­nior bank of­fi­cial found dead in of­fice

The New Age (KwaZulu-Natal) - - News - NONDUMISO ZWANE prov­inces@the­newage.co.za

PO­LICE have opened an in­quest case af­ter a se­nior of­fi­cial at the African De­vel­op­ment Bank was found dead in her of­fice in Cen­tu­rion.

It is be­lieved that the di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the bank, To­nia Kandiero, 48, col­lapsed while in her of­fice and was pro­nounced dead upon ar­rival at the hospi­tal.

Po­lice said the Malaw­ian na­tional was dis­cov­ered in her of­fice by her driver on Wed­nes­day night.

Po­lice spokesper­son Kay Makhubele said: “An in­quest into the death and cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing it will be in­ves­ti­gated and there­after the cause of death will be de­ter­mined.”

The bank ap­pointed Kandiero as di­rec­tor gen­eral for the South­ern Africa Re­gional De­vel­op­ment and Busi­ness De­liv­ery Of­fice in De­cem­ber.

The of­fice is part of the new busi­ness ap­proach of the bank to ac­cel­er­ate its busi­ness and de­vel­op­ment im­pacts across Africa.

She was the bank’s res­i­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Tan­za­nia, re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing one of the largest African De­vel­op­ment Fund ben­e­fi­cia­ries with a port­fo­lio of $2bn (R26bn).

An aca­demic and re­searcher by train­ing, Kandiero joined the African De­vel­op­ment Bank in 2007 as a se­nior re­search econ­o­mist and later served as prin­ci­pal re­search econ­o­mist from 2007 to 2009 in the of­fice of the chief econ­o­mist of the bank.

Be­fore join­ing the bank, Kandiero worked at South Africa’s na­tional Trea­sury, first as the di­rec­tor for the trade and macroe­co­nomic pol­icy and later as the di­rec­tor for the global de­vel­op­ment pol­icy and in­ter­na­tional eco­nom­ics. In South Africa’s trea­sury depart­ment, she an­a­lysed trade is­sues at na­tional, re­gional and mul­ti­lat­eral lev­els and man­aged South Africa’s re­la­tion­ships with in­ter­na­tional fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions.

An in­quest into the death and cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing it will be in­ves­ti­gated and the cause of death will be de­ter­mined

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