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USAASA Strengthens Leadership Team with New CEO and CFO

SA’s universal service and access agency (USAASA) is looking to fill two key positions in its executive team, announcing CEO and CFO positions.

Vacancies, which are contractual, are for 18 months, based on job posting on the agency’s website.

The besieged agency USAASA has not had a permanent director general since Departure of Lumko Mtimde, who left after the expiry of his employment contract on May 22, 2019.

Following Mtimde’s departure, the CEO post was filled with acting people, including Sipho Mngqibisa and Dr Mashilo Boloka. Chwayita Madikizela is currently the agency’s interim CEO.

The role of CEO of USAASA has been a matter of contention in the past.

The appointment of former CEO Zami Nkosi has been widely criticized following allegations that he was hired on an irregular basis. Following his appointment, the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) set out to investigate these allegations.

The SIU called on Nkosi to leave his post. However, he remained in office until the then Ministry of Telecommunications and Posts (DTPS) did not renew his contract.

In 2018, the USAASA Board of Directors suspended Mtimde pending a disciplinary hearing. At the time, the agency said the suspension was linked to allegations of various acts of misconduct.

Following his suspension, Mtimde took USAASA to the labor court. He also asked the public protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate the allegations of abuse of power by the council.

The disagreement stemmed from the appointment of a secretary general by the USAASA board of directors. Mtimde claimed the appointment was irregular and violated various laws.

Based on the findings of the Public Protector’s report, former DTPS minister Siyabonga Cwele sacked the USAASA board of directors. Cwele also exercised the report’s other recommendations that Mtimde should be reinstated as CEO.

As for the CFO, the post is held by Frik Nieman, also on an interim basis.

The agency says, “The CEO’s primary goal is to lead the USAASA and USAF [Universal Service and Access Fund] developing strategies and managing the implementation of operational plans to fulfill USAASA and USAF mandates.

Further, he says, “The primary goal of the CFO is to ensure that the finances of the USAASA and USAF are budgeted, used, and reported in accordance with policy, PFMA, and statutory requirements.”

For more information on the USAASA CEO role, click here. You can access the details of the CFO position by clicking on here.

The deadline for submitting applications is May 9.

USAASA Strengthens Leadership Team with New CEO and CFO

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