Government approves appointment of Nomkhita Mona as SAPO CEO

Along with SAPO, the Passenger Rail Agency South Africa will also be getting a new CEO.

The South African government has approved the appointment of Nomkhita Mona as the new CEO of the South African Post Office.

Nomkhita has previously served as CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, as well as group CEO of state-owned forestry company Safcol. Other positions she has held include CEO of the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI), CEO of Inkezo Land Company in Durban and CEO of the Eastern Cape Tourism Board.

The struggling post office has had a string of CEOs since August 2019, following Mark Barnes’ departure. Acting CEO Lindiwe Kwele was suspended in December 2019 on the basis of whistle-blower allegations of conflicts of interest and the irregular extensions of contracts. Ivumile Nongogo replaced Lindiwe as acting CEO, but he stepped down after the post office board decided to institute disciplinary charges against him for concluding an agreement with the SA Social Security Agency to distribute the temporary Covid-19 R350 relief grant, without consulting the board. Reneilwe Langa, seconded from the department of communications and digital technologies, was then appointed acting CEO, and will now be replaced by Nomkhita.

The government has also approved the appointment of Zolani Matthews as the group CEO of Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa to replace acting CEO Thandeka Mabiya, who took up the position in October 2020.