JOHANNESBURG - Minister Jeff Radebe announced the appointment of a new statistician-general and head of Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) on Friday.
Risenga Maluleke will replace the incumbent statistician-general, Dr Pali Lehohla on 1 November when Lehohla’s tenure expires.
In a statement, Minister Radebe says Maluleke has served within Stats SA for twenty years, having joined Stats SA as a manager at Limpopo provincial office in 1997.
He is currently a Deputy Director-General (DDG) for Statistical Collections and Outreach. His portfolio is responsible for Provincial Offices (responsible for data collection for censuses and sample surveys), International Statistical Development, as well as Communications, Marketing, and Stakeholder Relations.
According to the statement, "Maluleke’s extensive experience in the organisation is backed by his qualifications: BSc (Mathematical Statistics) – University of Limpopo, MPhil (Urban and Regional Science) – Stellenbosch University. He has also completed Senior Executive Programmes with Wits and Harvard Business Schools."
Lehohla is quoted in the statement as being "distinctly pleased" with Malulekes appointment.
"In Risenga we have a well-grounded leader with balance, instilling fairness and justice in all his dealings, he has enduring strength, he imbues humility, he is a servant leader, a village boy who with agility adapts to metropoles of the world, and who is ready to take on any adversity with a singularly determined mind for finding solutions. My success in leading and building this mighty organisation would not have been possible if Risenga was not leading with me in the most treacherous of waters. My relay is done I am passing the baton to a well-tested professional and leader,” Lehola is quoted as saying.