Armscor calls in recruiters in CE hunt


Armscor is asking 28 recruiting firms to help it find a new chief executive. The companies, named on the Armscor tender system, have until Monday to respond.

“Tender 2010/2011/08 Infrastructure” calls for the “rendering of a recruitment service for the appointment of a CEO for Armscor” and was issued to a number of recruiting agencies in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town.

The Department of Defence arms acquisition agency has had an acting CE since November when incumbent chief executive Sipho Thomo fell foul of defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Armscor chairman Popo Molefe. Thomo was sacked in January after a disciplinary hearing. He has since taken his dismissal to the Council for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

Molefe, who also chairs the governing African National Congress’ controversial Chancellor House investment firm says the decision to terminate Thomo’s employment was taken “by the highest body at Armscor” and Thomo was advised “to refer the matter externally if he so wishes”.

The charges against him related to his failure advise members of the Board of Armscor of a Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans (PCODMV) held in October 2009. “His conduct caused an embarrassment to the Board.” A second charge was the communication “of inaccurate figures to an amount of R47 billion in relation to the escalation costs associated with delays in delivering of [the Airbus Military] A400M. This caused sever embarrassment to the Board and the South African government.”

Thomo was also charged for his late arrival by about one hour for a PCODMV meeting on November 11. He was further charged for failing “to carry out strategic objectives of Armscor as agreed in February 2009, his failure to attend to grievances raised by senior management and also misleading the Board into believing that the matter was resolved.” Lastly, he was also charged with “entering into negotiations with a supplier (AgustaWestland) with an aim of possibly waving contractual penalties to a tune of about R90 million without the Board’s knowledge/approval.”

Thomo was suspended on November 19 and notified to attend a disciplinary hearing on December 10. The hearing was conducted December 14 and 15 with Advocate Nazier Cassim SC presiding. Thomo’s services were terminated without notice on January 7. He appealed against termination on January 11, alleging procedural reasons in that the chair was biased in that he did not communicate his decision directly to Thomo and that the penalty was too harsh.



Issue Date

Closing date

Quotation request issued to:

Tender 2010/2011/08 Infrastructure

Rendering of a recruitment service for the appointment of a CEO for Armscor.

15 Jun 2010

28 Jun 2010


26 Landmarks Avenue

Kosmosdal Ext.11



Ukwazi Tsebo Consulting (Pty) Ltd

Plot 8, Apollo Road



Titan Trade Technologies (Pty) Ltd



Tel: 012 342 7967

Morakeb Consulting Services

Zone 10

Meadowlands, 1852

Tel: 011 989 1130

Sydney Seakamela & Associates

8 Villa Tsunami

Cnr Albert & Cornish

Weltevreden Park, 1709

Tel: 011 679 5324

Magauta Recruitment &Placement

206 Heloise

313 Pretoria Road

Silverton, Pretoria

Tel: 012 804 7884

Typha Zone

t/a African Sky Staffing Solution

8 Typha Street

Weltevreden Park


Tel: 083 285 8654

Reagile Consulting Service & Projects

Unit 4, Lambada

274 Christoffel Street

Pretoria West, 0183

Tel: 082 791 9495

Ashika Deepchund & Associates

t/a Ada Recruitment

503 5004 Overport City

430 Ridge Road


Tel: 031 207 6070

Key Recruitment Group CC

145 Sir Lowry Road

The Palms, 4 th Floor, East wing

Woodstock, Cape Town

Tel: 021 461 1848

Ekosto 1061 (Pty) Ltd

t/a Leaders Unlimited



Tel: 011 722 1600

Mashabela Personnel

1st Floor, The Business Place Building

58 Marshall Street

Marshalltown, Johannesburg

Tel: 011492 0902/3/4

TPG 327 Lynnwood Road


Pretoria, 0081

Tel: 0861 874 874

Insearch Recruitment Projects

Tel: 011 704 6300

Hammets Office Park

Insearch Building

Cnr Witkoppen & Market Str.


Basadzi Personnel CC

320 The Hillside Road

Suite 22, Rynial Building

Lynnwood, Pretoria

Tel: 012 348 1531

Siyafika Recruitment Advertising (Pty) Ltd

260 Kent Avenue



Tel: 082 301 4219

Lebno Consulting

2905A Lenkwe Street

Mapetla Extension


Khumo Placements

5 Xevier Street



Tel: 011 680 6901

Phaki Personnel Management Services CC

60 Paul Kruger Street



Tel: 015 291 3189

Kusile Consulting Services

t/a a division of Pavey Mulvenna

20 Terrace Road

Edenglen, Edenvale

Tel: 011 609 4037

Technopark Personnel Group

237 Lynnwood Road


Pretoria, 0181

Tel: 012 362 2360

Lulama Placements CC

1st Floor Provisus Building,

523 Church Street

Arcadia, Pretoria

Tel: 012 440 8194

U’R Staffing Solutions (Pty) Ltd

58 Maple Road


Kempton Park

Tel: 011 979 0818

Basomedi Recruitment

Tel: 012 809 3405

Tiger Valley Office Park

Building 88A, Unit 5A

Silver Lakes Road, Silver Lakes


Motha Placement Services

59 Kort Street


Centrurion, Pretoria

Tel: 012 654 0338

Siyaya Placements CC



Tel: 011 462 6605

Lumka and Associates



Tel: 011 728 0277

Woodburn Mann Equity Partners (Pty) Ltd



Tel: 011 883 319