Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has announced new South African ambassadors to India, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana.

Maite Mohale, SA's High Commission to Malaysia since 1995 is the new High Commissioner to New Delhi; Sisa Ngombane, present ambassador to the Cote d'Ivoire, will take over the hot seat as ambassador to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, based in Kinshasa while Dr Magang Phologane, acting Chief Director for Southern Africa in the Department of Foreign Affairs, becomes High Commissioner to Ghana in Accra.

Mohale (36) was an active member of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League between 1991 and 1993, serving as Regional Deputy Chairperson and as member of the NEC. From 1993 to 1994 she was Assistant Regional Election Co-ordinator of the ANC Northern Transvaal Branch.

Mohale holds a Diploma in Pedagogics from the University of the North and a Secondary Education Diploma from the University of Vista. She is married with four children.

Sisa Ngombane (44) ambassador to the Cote d'Ivoire, will take over the hot seat as ambassador to the war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo, based in Kinshasa. Ngombane joined the ANC in exile in 1980.

Between 1982 and 1988 he worked underground in political and military structures in Lesotho and Botswana.

In 1989 he became ANC Deputy Chief Representative in Lusaka and was ANC Chief Representative to Belgium and the European Community between 1991 and 1994.

He joined the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1995 and was appointed South African Ambassador to the Republic of Cote d'Ivoire. Ngombane studied towards a BSc degree at the University of Fort Hare before going into exile. Between 1980 and 1982 he did a Diploma in Social Sciences at the Moscow School of Social Sciences.

He completed a BA degree in Political Science with the Open University, United Kingdom in 1994.

He also completed a course in International Relations and Diplomatic Practice at the Institute of International Relations in The Hague.

In November 1993 he was attached to the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for one month. He is married, with two children.

Dr Phologane (43) served in the ANC Department for International Affairs in Lusaka from 1988 to 1989, after which he lectured Company and Commercial Law at the Botswana Institute for Administration and Commerce from 1989 to 1990.

Between 1990 and 1994, Phologane was at the Development Bank of Southern Africa, the Education Opportunities Council and the Office of the President as an RDP consultant.

During 1996 he was appointed as Director in the Department of Foreign Affairs. - Independent Foreign Service