- President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Somadoda Fikeni as commissioner of the Public Service Commission
- This was announced after Parliament approved his nomination late last year
- Fikeni will now remain in office for a period of five years
President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Somododa Fikeni as the Commissioner of the Public Service Commission.
The Presidency announced the appointment after Parliament approved the analyst's nomination in December with his term set to run for a period of 5 years.
Fikeni hails from the Eastern Cape and acquired his BA and BA Honours in politics and social sciences from the Walter Sisulu University.
His education continued at McMaster University in Canada where he studied peace and political studies. An MA was obtained in international politics and comparative development and Queens University in Canada. At Michigan State University in the States, Fikeni obtained his PhD in comparative politics and public policy analysis.
While his speciality is undoubtedly in policy analysis, Fikeni told TimesLIVE that he will no longer by analysing local politics:
“I will now limit my analysis to international affairs and broader national issues ... because I may end up investigating departments which may say I was already prejudiced."
The man has an impressive list of expertise including comparative politics, international politics, political economy and heritage.
Fikeni is an author, researcher, public speaker and commentator on a number of issues both locally and abroad.
He held numerous leadership positions including being the merger manager at the University of Transkei, founding COO for the National Heritage Council of SA and an associate professor at the UNISA Thabo Mbeki School of Public and International Affairs.
Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshaveni as acting Minister in the Presidency.
This appointment comes after Minister Jackson Mthembu passed away last week after succumbing to Covid-19. In a statement issued by the Presidency on Wednesday, it was confirmed that Ntshaveni will continue to serve in both roles:
“Minister Ntshaveni will continue to perform her responsibilities as minister of small business development while acting as minister in the presidency."
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