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SAMSA confirms temporary positions after suspending top officials

SAMSA action against top officials

SOUTH AFRICA: Following the suspension of three top officials at the end of April, the South African Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the appointment of four management members to temporarily fill the vacant positions.

The three suspended senior managers consisted of Chief Operating Officer (COO) and former Acting Chief Executive, Sobantu Tilayi; Chief Human Capital Officer (CHCO), Lesego Mashishi and Company Secretary, Moyahabo Raphadu. The three top managers were suspended on full pay effective on Monday, 26 April 2021.

SAMSA Acting CEO Tsepiso Taoana-Mashiloane has announced that Vusi September, current Head of Corporate Affairs, Government, and International Relations will take on the position of acting Chief Human Capital Officer; while Shelorne Muller, currently the assistant Company Secretary will take over temporarily as Company Secretary.

The position of COO meanwhile will be managed consecutively by Captain Vernon Keller, currently the Deputy COO, and Ian Calvert, current Executive Manager: Marine Special Projects. The shared responsibility for the COO post sees Capt. Keller taking over with effect from 01 May to 30 June 2021 and thereafter passing the baton to Calvert through to end of August 2021.

The four managers will remain in the positions for the duration of the suspension of the three executives.

In announcing the action taken against the three executives, the SAMSA Board said the suspensions were precautionary and that the decision to suspend them was based on “whistle-blowing and reports of alleged misconduct received from external and internal stakeholders.”

“A through forensic investigation will be undertaken on the range of serious allegations related to the three (3) executives. The precautionary suspensions will provide an opportunity for the Board to undertake an independent forensic investigation.”


PHOTO: The three suspended officials: Sobantu Tilayi, Lesego Mashishi and Moyahabo Raphadu. 

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