Former South African communications minister Ayanda Dlodlo is expected to resign from President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet and move to the United States to work for the World Bank.
Quoting an anonymous government insider, the Sunday Times reportedDlodlo could take up her position as executive director representing the three African countries on the World Bank’s board of directors as early as April 2022.
The insider explained that Dlodlo was pitched to the World Bank in 2021 and would not make the move until after the April summit.
They added that some deadlocks, such as the issue of restoring trust between employers and public sector unions, needed to be resolved before Dlodlo could take office.
Ministers from the Department of Civil Service and Administration and the National Treasury would discuss Dlodlo’s departure once these deadlocks are resolved.
The position at the World Bank is rotating and Kathu Todani is currently the South African Deputy Executive Director.
South Africa holds one of three seats for Africa on the World Bank‘s Board of Directors. Representatives from Nigeria and Angola occupy the others.
Each country’s representative serves as Executive Director for Africa for two years, followed by two more as Alternate Executive Director.
Khathu Todani from South Africa currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director, while Angola serves as the Executive Director.
Mmamoloko Kubayi replaced Dlodlo as communications minister under Jacob Zuma cabinet reshuffle in October 2017.
She was appointed interior minister during the reshuffle. Dlodlo was Minister of Communications from March 30, 2017 to October 17 of the same year.
From June 2019 to August 2021, Dlodlo served as South Africa’s Minister for State Security.
Since August 2021, Dlodlo has served as South Africa’s Minister for Public Service and Administration. Her move to the World Bank would see her resign from her post.
Dlodlo’s appointment as Minister of Civil Service and Administration follows calls for President Cyril Ramaphosa to dismiss his security cluster ministers after failing to respond adequately to the looting and violence that rocked KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in July 2021.
As businesses were vandalized and burned and people were dyingDlodlo and his counterpart in the police ministry praised their departments for the excellent job of preventing and dealing with looting and violence.