Top UN post for SA diplomat


South African Jeremiah Mamabolo has been named head of the AU/UN hybrid operation in Darfur and will also be the world body’s joint special representative for Darfur.

Mamabolo has been serving UNAMID as Acting Joint Special Representative since the departure of Martin Uhomoibhi of Nigeria early in January this year.

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, an UN statement said. He served UNAMID as Deputy Joint Special Representative for Pillar I, overseeing political, human rights, and legal aspects of the Mission’s activities since the beginning of 2016.

He served as Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations (for the period 201 to 2016, during which he was also chair of the “Group of 77” developing countries and China.

Mamabolo was previously South African High Commissioner to Nigeria (2009) and 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).

He has held other senior positions, including 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 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).

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