southafricalogoBusinessLive reports that Department of Health (DOH) director-general Malebona Precious Matsoso has resigned almost a decade after she took up the reins as the department’s accounting officer.  

The DOH said in a statement on Friday that Matsoso left the department effective 1 November after she and health minister Zweli Mkhize came to a mutual agreement.  The department said she asked to leave early to pursue her PhD studies.  Her contract would have ended in May 2020.  She joined the DOH in May 2010 as director-general and worked mostly with former health minister Aaron Motsoaledi as the department’s political principal.  She worked for the DOH before her appointment as director-general and was also director of public health innovation and intellectual property from 2004 to 2010 at the World Health Organisation (WHO).  In November 2018, in a hard-hitting interview with Business Day, Matsoso said she had been completely sidelined by presidential adviser Olive Shisana and Motsoaledi in revising the controversial draft NHI Bill.  The DOH said on Friday that Matsoso had worked tirelessly to lead a team that sought to achieve a vision of “a long and healthy life for all South Africans”, which could be seen from increased life expectancy rates.

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