KZN health head appointed
Durban - Dr Sifiso Mtshali, the chief executive of the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital, has been appointed the new head of the provincial Health Department. Mtshali will assume his duties on Wednesday.
MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo announced the appointment last night.
Dhlomo said he had faith in Mtshali’s ability to run the department.
“We are very thankful to the honourable premier and excited to welcome Dr Mtshali on board as the new head of department. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and has led the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital with distinction.
“Just recently, the hospital was hailed as second only to Steve Biko Academic Hospital (in Pretoria), in the achievement of the national core standards.
“We have full faith in his ability to run this department’s R32 billion budget, which is geared towards the prevention and management of diseases in this province,” Dhlomo said.
Mtshali is taking over from Dr Lindiwe Simelane who was appointed acting head in April.
She took over from Dr Sibongile Zungu who acted on a month to month after her five-year term as department head ended in August last year.
The DA spokesman on health, Imran Keeka, welcomed the appointment.
He said given the hospital’s reputation as a well-run institution, he hoped that Mtshali would bring the “much-needed” administrative leadership into the department.
“While we welcome the appointment, it should not be another crony-based position filled by someone who will bring the department to its knees yet again
“We hope that he will bring with him the managerial skills that he acquired during his tenure at the hospital.
“Hopefully, he will bring stability to the department that has seen some controversy. We still remain concerned about the political management of the department,” Keeka said.