SANParks CEO’s exit follows completion of contract

Mar 31, 2014

David Mabunda’s departure from his position as CEO at SANParks is not sudden and the process to appoint someone in his place has already started, according to SANParks.

SANParks announcement on Thursday that Mabunda would serve his last day as CEO on March 31 was met with surprise.

However, Gert Dry, Chairperson of the Human Resources & Remuneration Committee of SANParks' board told Tourism Update that Mabunda had completed his second term as CEO and his contract could not be renewed for a third term, according to the legislation.

“Mabunda had a distinguished career at SANParks,” said Dry. He added that Mabunda was known nationally and internationally for his knowledge on biodiversity.

Dry said the rhino successes that were started by Mabunda would not face any setbacks because of the legacy Mabunda had built. He added that General Johan Jooste would continue to head up anti-poaching operations at Kruger National Park.

Mabunda said he looked forward to spending time with his family. Commenting on his future plans, he said: “It is semi-retirement although I plan to contribute my experience in academia, tourism and environmental management contexts.”

According to Dry, the process to appoint a new CEO has already started. He said according to the Act, an interim CEO could be appointed for a period of six months and SANparks would announce an appointment within the next few days. He acknowledged that there was a process delay because ministers were busy with preparations for the elections.

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