STATE-OWNED signal distributor Sentech will lose its chairman of the board.
Quraysh Patel handed his resignation to newly appointed communications minister Roy Padayachie recently.
Patel's tenure at Sentech is short-lived, as he joined the government entity on 1 April.
Meanwhile, Padayachie has appointed Sentech board member Leah Khumalo as acting chairperson.
According to Sentech, Patel discussed his resignation with former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda last month and had requested to be released in November.
He resigned because he needed to continue his work in the industry and could not do so while he was chairperson, as he wanted to avoid a perception of conflict of interest.
"This is the only reason for my departure," says Patel.
Sentech has been through several top-level ructions after a new board was appointed in April. COO Beverly Ngwenya replaced former CEO Sebiletso Mokone-Matabane, but subsequently resigned in the face of disciplinary action. CFO Mohammed Cassim is currently on suspension pending a disciplinary process.
Nonetheless, Patel is confident Sentech is financially secure and will soon be operationally stable when senior executives are appointed to join CEO Dr Setumo Mohapi, who started on 1 November.
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