Posthumous honour for Gulube


Former Defence Secretary Sam Gulube who died in July, has been posthumously honoured with a lifetime achievement award from the SA Association of Public Administration and Management (SAAPAM).

According to the National School of Government (NSG) Gulube, along with former Presidency director general Cassius Lubisi, who received the same award, “enjoyed illustrious public service careers and played instrumental roles in preparing for a professionalised public service”.

“They left an indelible footprint in the offices they led.

“Gulube was Secretary of Defence and head of the Department of Defence (DoD for eight years. He was a former chair of the Medical Advisory Board of the Presidency, national medical director of the SA National Blood Service and chief executive of the Universal Service Agency. He held various leadership positions at the Medical Research Council, the National Department of Health, and the SA Military Health Service (SAMHS).

Gulube had been on retirement for 11 months when he died in July. A Department of Defence (DoD) statement at the time said, among others, he would be remembered for a leading role at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last year when he steered the National Joint Operations and Intelligence Committee (NatJoints,) an advisory and co-ordinating body to the National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC). He made good use of his medical experience to directed NatJoints during critical stages of the campaign against coronavirus advising Cabinet on pandemic related matters.