Denel Board taken aback by SA Finance Minister statement

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The Denel board has noted the Media statements attributed to Minister Pravin Gordhan, and wishes to categorically deny that the Denel board or its executives are arrogant and belligerent.

The Minister‘s accusations are unsubstantiated, baseless and unfounded. Denel executives have in recent weeks met with National Treasury officials twice, addressing the misunderstanding relating to the establishment of Denel Asia. During the two meetings, amongst other things it was agreed that neither National Treasury nor Denel would unilaterally make public statements on these matters until such time discussions are concluded.

The Denel board is taken aback by the Minister’s statements which are a clear violation of the undertakings given by National Treasury and also a flagrant violation of chapter 3 of our constitution. We appeal to the Minister to refrain from making such comments and allow the engagement between Denel and National Treasury to reach its finality.

The Denel board will continue to observe the highest standards of governance, and will above all ensure that applicable legislation like the PFMA is compiled to in full, not only its letter but also its spirit. The establishment of Denel Asia was done in compliance with section 51(1) (g) and section 54 (2) and (3) of the PFMA.        

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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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