Water and Sanitation DG quits department

Water and Sanitation DG quits department

Water and Sanitation Department Director General Margaret-Ann Diedricks has resigned with immediate effect, without stating any reason.

Margaret-Ann Diedricks
Photo: Department of Water and Sanitation website

This comes as the country is battling with a devastating drought and the department is trying to deal with low dam water levels in some provinces.

"The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has received and accepted the resignation of the director general of the department of water and sanitation Margaret-Ann Diedricks," spokesperson Mlimandlela Ndamase said in a statement.

"The minister has appointed Sifiso Mkhize, currently the chief financial officer of the department, to act in the position of director general."

Ndamase said the department was committed to ensuring that due process was initiated to fill the vacancy.

Diedricks quit a day after the department, Rand Water, and the Energy and Water Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Ewseta) held a media briefing on progress and update on the war on leaks programme.

Diedricks was "headhunted" by Mokonyane from the Gauteng premier's office to the water and sanitation department after David Makhura took over the premiership in 2014.

Ndamase said, as with all resignations of this nature, a hand-over process would be initiated over a period agreed to with the director general.

"The minister wishes Diedricks well in her future endeavours and has expressed her appreciation for the valuable contribution that she has made in her capacity as the accounting officer of the department," Ndamase said. - ANA

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