Retired vice admiral Johannes Mudimu has been appointed Armscor chairman for a second three year term.
The former chief of the SA Navy was named chairman of the state-owned defence and security acquisition agency in April 2014, taking over from disgraced former chairman, retired lieutenant general “Mojo” Motau. Motau was dismissed by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, without completing his term of office. A year later talk surfaced of Mudimu not going the full distance but this did not happen and he has overseen a turnaround in the Armscor outlook and structure along with chief executive Kevin Wakeford.
The announcement of his re-appointment was made in a statement issued following last week’s monthly Cabinet meeting.
The statement also confirms the re-appointment of Thuthukile Skweyiya as deputy chair and the re-appointment of four board members. They are Dr Moses Khanyile, Ndumiso Tyibilika, Raymond Vokwana and Advocate Virginia Lee Anne De La Hunt. Three new board members – Ms CE Simpson, Ms T Mhlan and Ambassador TF Ndlovu – were also named.
During his first term Mudimu successfully oversaw the implementation of the “on time and in time” strategy as regards equipment to be acquired for the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) and other security agencies including the SA Police Service.
This was guided by his statement that Armscor people “must not forget we are servants of the Department of Defence. When equipment is needed, it is generally needed speedily and Armscor must be geared to speed up acquisitions to enable the SANDF to do its work properly”.
Mudimu was known as a no nonsense person during his time at the maritime arm of the SANDF and brought this attitude with him to Armscor’s Pretoria East headquarters building. During his first month as chairman he hosted a board meeting, addressed personnel and drew up a schedule for board members to visit all Armscor facilities and institutes. This, he said at the time, was to ensure the board knows what are they dealing with as far as assets are concerned.
“Our responsibility as a board is to create an enabling environment to ensure Armscor is capacitated and capable to deliver on time and in time,” he said.