Senior bank official found dead in office
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