Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, the High Commissioner-designate for the Republic of South Africa to Australia, has already made contact with the academic community in Canberra. On his left is Alec Thornton from UNSW Canberra, the Vice-President of the African Studies Association of Australia and the Pacific. On his right is David Lucas from the ANU.
Mr Sibusiso gained two degrees from the University of South Africa while serving a 10-year sentence on Robben Island between 1977 and 1987. He has been a Member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress since 1991 and is currently the Chairperson of the African Renaissance Trust and Chancellor of the University of Zululand.
He is expected to present his credentials in the near future. Miss Chwane Mthethwa was appointed Acting High Commissioner on 16/12/14.