Johannesburg - The National Youth Development Agency has appointed Waseem Carrim as its new acting chief executive officer.
The appointment comes after the resignation of Kathu Ramakumba whose term officially ends on Tuesday, October 31.
NYDA board chairman Sifiso Mtsweni on Monday said while the youth organization was saddened at the news of Ramakumba's departure, it invariably had to accept his resignation and wished him well in his future endeavours.
"In May after the appointment of the NYDA board by President Jacob Zuma, Mr Ramukumba approached us and expressed his desire to spread his wings beyond the confines of the agency.... The board persuaded him to stay on at least up until it had found its footing in the agency. We are delighted he accepted our request and has extended his stay in the agency until this period," he said.
Mtsweni expressed gratitude to Ramakumba for his selfless and tireless contribution toward youth development adding that under his leadership, the organisation had gone from strength to strength.
He also said Ramukumba had played a crucial role in ensuring that governance and financial management principles were realised through the various positions he assumed in local government structures.
Ramukumba, who previously worked as a senior internal auditor with the Rand Water Group, had been with the agency for six and a half years. Mtsweni said he had played an integral role in ensuring the NYDA realized clean audits in three consecutive years.
In the meantime, Ramakumba announced that he was leaving to pursue personal business interests saying he was happy with the legacy he was leaving behind.
Meanwhile, Mtsweni said Carrim will act as CEO until the board finds a permanent leader.
He added the process to replace Ramakumba was underway and that a new CEO would be appointed within the next four months.
Carrim will continue his role as chief financial officer while acting as CEO.