Gauteng Health fills critical positions

The Gauteng Department of Health has appointed senior managers in critical position as part of concerted efforts to strengthen leadership and administration capabilities.

Professor Mkhululi Lukhele has been appointed as an acting Head of Department with immediate effect following the end of post-retirement appointment of Dr Ernest Kenoshi on Tuesday, 7 February 2018.

Dr Kenoshi had an illustrious career with the department spanning two decades. Amongst others, he will be remembered for his tireless work and distinct leadership in assisting the department to deal with the Life Esidimeni tragedy. Dr Kenoshi had also led Steve Biko Academic Hospital and turned to be one of the best hospital in the country.

As a department, we are grateful for his service and amazing commitment in parting skills and dedication in improving the quality of healthcare in the province. We wish him well in all his future endeavors, said MEC Gwen Ramokgopa.

Professor Lukhele brings in wealth of experience to the Department. He worked as a head orthopedics at Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and has recently completed his term as the Head of the Wits School of Clinical Medicine.

Professor Lukhele is also a convener of a high-level intervention team that was appointed by Gauteng Premier David Makhura and Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi late last year to coordinate a recovery plan for the Department.

The department is also pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Kabelo Lehloenya as the Chief Financial Officer as of 1 February 2018. Prior to joining the Department, Ms Lehloenya, who is a Chartered Accountant, held a position of a Group Chief Financial Officer for a Johannesburg Stock Exchange listed entity.

In addition to that, Advocate Mpelegeng Lebeloane has been appointed Chief Director: Legal Services, moving from her previous position of Chief of Staff in the MEC’s office. Prior to that, Advocate Lebeloane worked for the Department of Water and Sanitation as the Director in Legal Services Department.

The department has also prioritised the filling of the Chief Executive Officer’s positions in the following hospitals: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Kalafong Tertiary Hospital as well as the position for the Chief Director for Ekurhuleni District Health Services.

Since the beginning of the current financial year (01 April 2017 to 31 January 2018), the department has appointed 1084 doctors, 715 professional nurses, 286 assistant nurses, and 164 staff nurses.

I believe these new appointments will go a long in ensuring the quality of health service throughout the department in both clinical and non-clinical services. They will also assist us to tighten our financial controls as well as restoring the integrity of the department in observing high professional standard, stressed MEC Ramokgopa.

Source: Government of South Africa