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Eastern Cape health department superintendent-general Dr Thobile Mbengashe has resigned to become one of Premier Oscar Mabuyane’s special advisers

The news was announced by Mabuyane on Tuesday during his weekly media briefing on Covid-19 interventions, held at Madzikane KaZulu Hospital in KwaBhaca, formerly known as Mount Frere.

He will be playing a strategic role of advising on how we can continuously improve the provincial administration going forward“It was not the first time that he served the people of our province. He has served in various capacities including in the liberation struggle, where he was actively involved in fighting apartheid. We thank him for his service because he used his skill, wisdom and expertise to serve the people of our province during his work at the department,” said Mabuyane.

“However, it is not going to be smooth sailing to get [a replacement] at this time. But I hope that with the assistance of the premier it’s not going to be a difficult task. But he is still with us for some wrapping up and will be with us as we look for a new superintendent-general,” she said. “When you look at the modelling, one of the biggest challenges was that the Eastern Cape was not ready. You would recall that [Health Minister Zweli Mkhize] came and worked with the MEC to agree on what would be the best strategy.


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