The senior civilian official at the Department of Defence (DoD) – Secretary for Defence Dr Sam Gulube – will remain in office until at least the end of March.
In the DoD’s most recent annual report, for the 2018/19 financial year, he noted, among other achievements, he was one of the team responsible for “the second national policy review of Defence for the democratic Republic of South Africa”.
“This culminated in the Cabinet approved and Parliament endorsed South African Defence Review 2015, which provides the national policy construct for the short, medium and long-term defence development trajectory of South Africa,” his “first exposure to the national defence policy environment.
He also mentioned the National Defence Industry Council (NDIC), which saw the establishment of the local defence industry strategy, the Defence Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Sector Code and the Defence Industry Fund (DIF) for participation from small, medium and micro-sized enterprises.
These and other defence related matters will remain on Gulube’s agenda for at least the next three months according to DoD head of communications Siphiwe Dlamini. He told defenceWeb “an arrangement” was made with the man who has been the senior civilian in the DoD for the past eight years.
He would not be drawn on any possible successor or the selection process to determine who will replace Gulube, who was originally expected to see December 2019 as his last month in office.
As far as another senior appointment in the defence sphere is concerned – that of SA Army Chief – Dlamini said it “appeared” Major General “Mannetjies” de Goede would remain as acting chief for “quite some time”. The two star was named acting chief when named chief Lieutenant General Thabiso Collin Mokhosi died following a short illness late last year. At the time of Mokhosi’s death a SA National Defence Force (SANDF) statement said De Goede would act as chief of the landward force until a successor for Mokhosi was announced without giving any timeframe