New HOD for NW health

The North West Department of Health has finally appointed a new Head of Department after the former head was suspended in 2018 over allegations of corruption.

MEC Madoda Sambatha announced on Thursday that Obakeng Eden Mongale has been appointed the new Head of Department.

The Department of Health HOD position has been vacant since the departure of the former HOD Dr Thabo Lekalakala. The Department has been under Administration in terms of Section 100 1b since 2018 and Administrator Jeanette Hunter has been in charge of the administration matters of the Department while at the same time overseeing the process of filling the HOD position.

“Filling the position of the HOD for Health is one of the critical milestones that we have just achieved. I believe he has what it takes to lead this huge department in the area of administration. From now on I will have some time to do proper handover for the period left until the end of Section 100 1b”, said Hunter.

Former HOD Lekalakala was suspended over allegations of corruption and links to state capture through underhanded dealings with controversial business family, the Guptas, in 2018.

“The new HOD has vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the Department of Health. Nonetheless, he will still need the support of all of the management and employees of the Department if he is to make a success of this challenging position. I wish him all the best”, Sambatha said.