Nosipho Jezile-Ngcaba has been appointed as director-general for the department of environmental affairs and tourism (Deat). "Jezile-Ngcaba is a driven and capable manager. She has been with our department since 2003, firstly as chief director for social responsibility and projects and then as a chief operating officer since 2005.
She has also served in the capacity of acting directorgeneral since March this year. She has risen through the ranks and consequently has a wealth of experience and insight in this portfolio. This experience, combined with her own extensive skills and knowledge, makes Nosipho almost uniquely suited to the position of director-general, and I have no doubt that her service in this new position will carry our department to new heights.
I look forward to continuing working with her," said Marthinus van Schalkwyk, minister of environmental affairs and tourism in reaction to the announcement made by cabinet at the end of June. Jezile-Ngcaba holds a BSc degree with majors in biochemistry and physiology and a higher diploma in education from the University of the Western Cape (UWC).
She is currently completing a master's degree (MBA) in business leadership through Unisa. Prior to her appointment to Deat in 2003, she held the post of director, integrated environmental management at the department of economic affairs, environment and tourism in the Eastern Cape (EC) (2001-2003) and from 1998- 2000, held the position of regional programme leader and national coordination KZN and EC for the Working for Water Programme at the department of water affairs and forestry.
She currently serves on the boards of both the South African National Biodiversity Institute and South African Tourism.