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Botswana President’s secretary is new SADC executive secretary

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Magosi, the Permanent Secretary to the Botswana President, replaced Tanzania's Stergomena Lawrence Tax, whose term came to an end after serving her mandatory two terms. Tax has served as SADC head of the secretariat since 2013.

By Silence Mugadzaweta Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi’s permanent secretary Elias Mpedi Magosi has been elected Southern African Development Community (SADC) Executive Secretary.

Magosi is also the head of the Public Service and Cabinet Secretary in Botswana.

𝐄𝐋𝐈𝐀𝐒 𝐌𝐀𝐆𝐎𝐒𝐈: 𝐍𝐄𝐖 𝐒𝐀𝐃𝐂 𝐄𝐗𝐄𝐂𝐔𝐓𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐒𝐄𝐂𝐑𝐄𝐓𝐀𝐑𝐘

SADC Summit has today endorsed the appointment of Elias Mpedi Magosi as the new Executive Secretary. pic.twitter.com/HHmYk9lg2t

— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) August 17, 2021

Magosi, the Permanent Secretary to the Botswana President, replaced Tanzania’s Stergomena Lawrence Tax, whose term came to an end after serving her mandatory two terms. Tax has served as SADC head of the secretariat since 2013.

The Botswana government in a statement tonight, said Magosi has vast knowledge in SADC operations and his experience makes him the best candidate having served as the director of Human Resources and Administration at the Secretariat between March 2017 and April 2018.

Mr. Magosi possesses comprehensive understanding and knowledge about the workings of SADC, having served as the Director of Human Resources and Administration at the SADC Secretariat, from March 2017 to April 2018.

— Botswana Government (@BWGovernment) August 17, 2021

“SADC Summit has today endorsed the appointment of Elias Mpedi Magosi as the new Executive Secretary. He has a wealth of experience and requisite leadership competencies gained in executive management in both the public and private sectors, as well as within international organisations,” the statement read.

#IFRCsouthernAFR wishes to extend our congratulations to Mr Elias Mpedi Magosi on his appointment as the new SADC Executive Secretary. Congratulations Mr Magosi. We really look forward to working closely with you and your team 🇧🇼@BWGovernment @SADC_News @IFRCAfrica @BotswanaRed pic.twitter.com/LR3F67zkh1

— Dr Michael Charles (@DekunleCharles) August 17, 2021

Said the Botswana government: “Mr. Magosi possesses comprehensive understanding and knowledge about the workings of SADC, having served as the Director of Human Resources and Administration at the SADC Secretariat, from March 2017 to April 2018.”

Congratulations to our very own Elias Magosi on his deserved appointment as SADC ES. Mighty proud of you and know you will do a great job. Thank you to SADC member states for the confidence they’ve shown in our candidate. 🙏🏽 🇧🇼@MIACBW @BWGenevaMission @OfficialMitiBW https://t.co/9YUOPzSE3k

— Athaliah Molokomme (@almolokomme) August 17, 2021

Magosi holds a Master of Organisational Development Degree from the Bowling Green State University in the United States of America, a Graduate Diploma in Management Services from the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Statistics from the University of Botswana.