The new Armscor board


New Armscor chairman Vice Admiral (ret) Johannes Mudimu can call on expertise ranging from legal through to foreign investment as well as procurement and acquisition when he and his board members take decisions on acquisitions for the South African defence and security sector.

Former South African ambassador to France and UNESCO, Thuthukile Skweyiya, is Mudimu’s deputy on the new 10-strong Armscor board announced by Defence and Military Veterans Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, in May.

According to Armscor her tenure as ambassador to France saw “an unprecedented amount of foreign direct investment, including but not limited to, the SAA/Airbus contract, Pechiney, Alcatel and various empowerment projects in the South African wine industry”.

Bethuel Mobu brings to the Armscor board “depth and breadth in the procurement/acquisition environment”. He is currently General Manager: Tactical Procurement at Eskom and was previously group procurement specialist at the Airports Company of SA (ACSA) and Group Executive: Supply Chain Management at the SA Post Office. He currently chairs the State-owned Enterprise Forum and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply.

Legal expertise on the new Armscor board comes from advocates Virginia Lee Anne De la Hunt and Sesi Baloyi. De la Hunt is a practising advocate and member of the Cape Town bar while Baloyi is a member of the Victoria Mxenge Group of Advocates and a member of the Johannesburg Bar.

Raymond Vokwana was deputy director general of the Defence Service Commission and is now a businessman with interests in mining, manufacturing, ICT and financial services. According to Armscor he was also a senior manager at the National Intelligence Agency and the SA Secret Service.

Dr Moses Khanyile is currently General Manager: Strategy and Business Sustainment at ABSA. He was previously Chief Director: Strategic Planning at the Department of Defence and at the University of Stellenbosch’s Centre for Military Studies.

Ndumiso Tyibilika is a registered professional engineer who holds a Government Certificate of Competence (factories) and is a member of the SA Institute of Mechanical Engineers. He has previously worked at one of the Denel divisions in addition to holding positions at Eskom, Amcoal and Caltex.

The two remaining Armscor board positions are filled by Sipho Mkwanazi, who has been acting chief executive since November 2009, and chief financial officer, Gerhard Grobler.