Comms minister calls for nominations for SITA board

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Communications minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has invited interested and suitable candidates to apply to serve as non-executive directors on the board of the State IT Agency (SITA).

A statement from the Department of Communications and Digital Technologies says applicants must be people with a high degree of integrity, honesty, transparency, ethical leadership, professional competence and due care, confidentiality, accountability and must understand the public sector governance and legislative requirements.

In addition, they must have proven skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience that would add value to the agency, and are suitable to serve on the board by virtue of their qualifications and experience, it states.

The department further states that candidates must have experience in any of the following disciplines: information technology, financial management and accounting-related fields, strategic and business management, development economics, information security, corporate/commercial law, corporate governance, as well as human resources management.

They must have a minimum of five years of board experience, and at least eight years in an executive or senior management role in the public or private sector, including non-governmental sector.

Applicants must have a degree, and a post-graduate qualification will be an added advantage.

The application must contain a comprehensive CV with a physical and postal address, telephone and e-mail address, previous experience quoting dates, and institutions or organisations concerned. A motivation letter, certified proof of academic qualifications and ID must also be included.

Applicants will be required to disclose current and/or potential conflict of interests, including contracts, shareholding and employment in relation to the board of SITA and any of the ICT and procurement services it offers to the state, in compliance with the requirements of section 50 (3) of the Public Finance Management Act and section 75 of the Companies Act, respectively.

According to the department, preference will be given to candidates whose appointments will enhance the diversity of skills, gender, youth and disability representation. Preferred candidates will be subject to security clearance and disclosure of business interests.

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only, and approved non-executive directors will be subjected to an annual lifestyle audit, it adds.

Applications can submitted via post to: Ms Precious Tsolo, director: SOE Governance and Support, Ground Floor, Block B, iParioli Office Park, 1166 Park Street, Hatfield, Pretoria.

Alternatively, they may be submitted via e-mail to:, and enquiries can be addressed to

The department’s statement notes the minister reserves the right not to appoint applicants to the board.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 30 November.

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