Gauteng Tourism Authority acting head, Barba Gaoganediwe-Matshogo, accused of lacking qualifications
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DURBAN - THE acting chief executive officer of the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA), Barba Gaoganediwe-Matshogo, is accused of not having the relevant qualifications to head the organisation.
This was revealed in a series of emails sent to the Presidency on June 4 this year from a complainant who raised concerns about Gaoganediwe-Matshogo’s allegedly illegal appointment, which the complainant claims violated government selection and recruitment processes.
Gaoganediwe-Matshogo was apparently first appointed as head of destination promotion, where he reported directly to the chief executive officer before he became the acting chief executive officer.
Destination promotion is responsible for media, communications and content management; digital marketing; brand communications and management; and domestic and international marketing, including travel trade marketing.
The emails claimed Gaoganediwe-Matshogo holds a matric certificate, obtained in 1992, at Kebalepile High School, Mafikeng, and a national diploma in public management, obtained in 1998 from the Tshwane University Of Technology.
“The position of head destination promotion requires a matric (qualification) plus a relevant postgraduate qualification in marketing and communications. As a government entity, the GTA corrupted its relevant internal policies and relevant government acts in selection and recruitment processes.
“Further to the concerns on the illegal practice in the appointment of government officials, the complainant is concerned with the manner in which the Presidency handles complaints,” states one of the emails.
Gaoganediwe-Matshogo said GTA would respond through its human resources office and the GTA board chairperson. The latter, Judi Nwokedi, defended Gaoganediwe-Matshogo’s appointment and said he had joined the GTA from the Gauteng Economic Development Agency in November 2011 through a lateral transfer.