Woman power on the Armscor board


All three new additions to the Armscor board are women.

They are Jeanette Ndlovu, Tinyiko Mhlari and Clarinda Simpson. The announcement was made by Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who also said retired SA Navy chief, vice admiral Johannes Mudimu, was re-appointed Armscor chairman for a second term.

Johannesburg-born Ndlovu went into exile and was an active member of the US anti-apartheid student movement. Her studies in America saw her obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, followed by a degree in public administration and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, among others. She joined the ANC observer mission to the UN in 1987 and returned to South Africa in 1994 where she served as part of the management team of the then newly established Independent Electoral Commission.

In September 200 she was named deputy permanent representative to the UN. She also served on the bureau of the World Summit for Sustainable Development.

In October 2004 Ndlovu was appointed South African consul general in Los Angeles and from 2010 to 2014 she was High Commissioner designate to Ghana.

Mhlari is director: tax, accounting and advisory services art PSTM Accountants, a firm owned and managed by three black women.

Prior to joining PSTM she was a financial planner at ABI, SABMiller and before that held an audit supervisor’s post at KPMG. She has also served as audit and risk chair and non-executive director of Great North Transport Company.

The third new face on the Armscor board is Clarinda Simpson who, according to the State’s defence and security acquisition agency, is familiar with public sector finance and in particular the management of public entities at a senior level.

She is currently chief financial officer of Export Credit Insurance Corporation. She was previously chief financial officer of the media Development and diversity Agency (MDDA), chief financial officer of the Independent Communications Authority of SA, head of finance at the Financial Services Board, senior manager – national regulatory audit at the Auditor General and a trainee accountant at MSGM Masuku Jeena.