South Africa’s mineral resources director-general (DG) Dr Thibedi Ramontja has resigned from the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) after four years of service, for personal reasons.

Ramontja, who will leave the department at the end of January, said in a media statement that he was thankful to the Government of South Africa for the opportunities afforded to him, including being the DG of this department.

His acting replacement will be announced “in due course”, the statement said.

The Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane has praised the DG for his professionalism and contribution to the department and government.

“The DG and I have worked well since I joined the department. His work ethic and commitment are indeed commendable, and I would like to wish him well for the future,” Zwane said.

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