Radhakrishna Roy Padayachie has been appointed as South Africa's (SA's) Deputy Minister of Communications. The Department of Communications says that the new deputy minister has considerable senior and leadership level experience in development work, and that he remains committed to making a contribution to the eradication of poverty and the improvement of the economic well-being of the country's people.
The department states in a media release: "The appointment will definitely strengthen the Department of Communications in addressing enormous challenges, such as correcting the imbalances in the provision of ICT services at reasonable costs, preparing SA to take advantage of convergence of communication technologies, increasing the human resource capacity within the ICT sector, advancing universal access, making SA globally competitive -- turning the country into a hub of ICT -- and contributing towards the advancement of the ICT agenda of Nepad."
According to the Department, Deputy Minister Padayachie holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Durban-Westville -- with Chemistry and Microbiology as majors -- as well as a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of London -- majoring in Business Management and Marketing.
The department notes that the deputy minister's career covers from 1974, when he was employed as formulations chemist at Plascon Evans Paints, to development director at the Community Education Development Trust, which position he held for 20 years from 1980.
His ability to engage in good networking relationships with several senior leaders in government, civil society, the business community and stakeholders at all levels, will certainly be a great advantage to the Department of Communications, the release concludes.