President picks his advisors

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma has picked the officials who will aid and advise him in the decisions he will make during his term of office.

Charles Nqakula is to be Mr Zuma's Political Adviser, Mandisi Mpahlwa was appointed as Economic Adviser, Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu will be the President's International Relations Adviser and Advocate Bonisiwe Makhene is to be the president's Legal Adviser.

Ayanda Dlodlo has been appointed as Parliamentary Counsellor to the President.

Former Defence Minister, Mr Nqakula's previous experience also includes a stint as Parliamentary Counsellor to former President Thabo Mbeki.

After serving as Minister of Trade and Industry under Mr Mbeki and as Deputy Minister of Finance from 1999 to 2004, Mr Mpahlwa comes with many years of experience which he can draw on in his new role.

Ms Dlodlo, who is a Member of Parliament, also sits on the African National Congress' National Executive Committee. The party won in the 2009 General Election.

Former Ambassador to Brazil, Lindiwe Zulu joined Albert Luthuli House as spokesperson leading up the April elections.

Adv Bonisiwe was previously Deputy Chief State Law Adviser in the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development.

"The advisers bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the Presidency and will add much value to the President's determination to bring about faster change and improved service delivery," the Presidency said.

The new appointments will fall under the Policy Coordination and Advisory Services arm of the Presidency, which was one of three support structures. The other two structures of the Presidency are the Cabinet Office and the Legal and Executive Services.