Career South African diplomat now head of UNAMID


South African Jeremiah Kingsley Mamabolo has been named acting joint special representative for Darfur and is also now head of the joint AU/UN hybrid operation – UNAMID.

This announcement was made this week by new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and AU Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Mamabolo succeeds Martin Uhmoibhi of Nigeria.
“Mamabolo brings to the position first-hand experience in dealing with the situation in Darfur, as well as expertise from a distinguished career in the diplomatic service,” the UN said.
“Last year saw him serving UNAMID as Deputy Joint Special Representative for Pillar I, overseeing political, human rights, and legal aspects of the Mission’s activities.
“From 2013 to 2016, he served as Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, during which he also acted as Chair of the ‘Group of 77′ developing countries and China. In 2009, he was appointed High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria. Previously, he facilitated peace processes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Burundi as his country’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes region (2006-2009). He also served as Deputy Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2002-2006).
“Mamabolo held other senior positions, such as Permanent Representative to the African Union, accredited also to Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti (1999-2002). During that time, he led efforts to promote dialogue in post-war Sierra Leone in his capacity as Special Envoy of the African Union to Sierra Leone and the Mano River Basin (2001-2002). He also served as High Commissioner to Zimbabwe (1995-1999).”

He holds a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pretoria and a diploma in journalism from Harare Polytechnic College, Zimbabwe.