The director general of International Relations and Cooperation Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba, 51, has resigned. He will leave the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) on March 31.
“The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) wishes to announce the departure of at the end of the current financial year (March 31, 2011). This is in response to a specific request made by the director general (DG) occasioned by personal reasons and accepted by the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Minister Nkoana-Mashabane,” the department said in a statement.
Ntsaluba, a medical doctor, has been DG of the department since September 2003. Before that he served both as deputy DG and later DG in the Department of Health since May 1995.
“I wish to place on record my profound gratitude to President Zuma, Deputy President Motlanthe, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane and the Deputy Ministers in DIRCO for the opportunity afforded to me and the support I received in the course of my duties. I also wish to take the opportunity to thank all those who in the course of my work have contributed so immensely in making this such a memorable and rewarding journey,” said Ntsaluba.
Nkoana-Mashabane thanked “Ntsaluba for his selfless contribution to the department and to advancing our vision of a better South Africa in a better Africa and a better world. On behalf of DIRCO I wish the DG all the best for the future,” said Minister Nkoana-Mashabane. She added it was too soon to suggest who might succeed Ntsaluba, as his job would have to be advertised.
The Independent Group newspapers added Ntsaluba resigned to spend time with his parents, who are in ill health. His younger brother who was staying with them died in December.