The Defence Ministry is presently silent on an announcement regarding a successor to Armscor chairman Johannes Mudimu who will “soon” be leaving the defence and security acquisition agency.
He was appointed chairman by Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in May last year following the departure of the former incumbent, “Mojo” Motau. His 13 months tenure to date, with a completely new board of directors, was praised by the Minister during her recent defence budget vote address to the National Assembly.
“He has done sterling work in positioning Armscor for the future and we wish to thank him for the significant contribution he made in building trust between Armscor and the defence industry,” she told MPs.
The trust building referred to by the Minister saw, among others, meetings between the Armscor board and the representative body of the local defence industry, the Aerospace, Maritime and Defence Industries Association of SA (AMD).
Following the second meeting in February Mudimu said it had been called to take stock of progress (as regards supply of defence equipment and materiel on time and in time to the SA National Defence Force) and also to share developments as far as Armscor’s strategic direction and overall industry performance was concerned.
One of the first tasks the former SA Navy Chief undertook on assuming chairmanship of the acquisition agency was to arrange site visits for the new board to Armscor facilities including the Naval dockyard at Simon’s town; the Alkantpan range in Northern Cape and the Gerotek vehicle testing site west of Pretoria.
Mudimu wrote, in what will be his only chairman’s report in an Armscor annual report: “The Defence Review maps the way for the defence environment in which we are called on to play our part in support of the mandate of the SANDF. We intend to play our supportive role with patriotism, diligence and enthusiasm”.
Asked about Mudimu’s successor, Joy Peter of the Defence Ministry said: “At this stage the matter is still under discussion .An announcement will be made in due course”.