Parliament of South Africa

10/10/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/10/2019 05:10

Committee on Higher Education Sent Technology Innovation Agency Back Packing

Parliament, Thursday, 10 October 2019, The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), an agency under the Department of Science and Technology was sent back packing by the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology yesterday during the consideration of its 2018/19 annual report in Parliament, due to misleading information contained in the report.

The committee was unhappy about TIA's annual report which was not reporting adequately on the information regarding the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Barlow Manilal, including circumstances around which the former CEO left the organisation.

'We are very unhappy about the annual report from TIA because it conceals the true state of affairs as it relates to the former CEO. In this regard we requested the Board and management of TIA to go back and revise the report so that it becomes a true reflection of the state of affairs for the year under review. We further expect a detailed report by the Board on circumstances that led to the dismissal of the former CEO by the Board,' said the committee Chairperson, Mr Philly Mapulane.

The committee also took a dim view of the absence of the Chairperson of the Board, Mr Stephen Lennon. The committee rejected the reasons given for the absence of the Chairperson, that he was at his residence overseas.

The committee expects to be briefed by a fully representative TIA Board delegation at a date to be determined

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMUNICATION SERVICES ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON HIGHER EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, MR MOHLOPI MAPULANE.

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