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Transport Department mourns the passing of Director-General, Mr Godfrey Pule Selepe.

The National Department of Transport is saddened by the passing of the Director-General, Mr Godfrey Pule Selepe. 

The Minister of Transport, Dr Blade Nzimande, wishes to express his sincerest condolences to the Selepe Family, friends and colleagues, on his untimely passing. 

Mr Selepe passed away on the morning of Monday, 20 May 2019 after a long illness. 

“Mr Selepe’s sudden passing comes as a complete shock to me. His vast knowledge and contribution to the Transport sector and government, will be dearly missed.”  

This is a great loss to Government, the transport sector and South Africa. He is a veteran with vast experience in the public sector at both provincial and national levels. 

Mr Selepe’s experience in the transport industry spans mostly across the aviation sector where he contributed enormously. 

He was appointed Director-General for the Department of Transport on 1 March 2015.

He was initially employed by the Department in 1999 as Director for Air Transport and was later promoted to the position of Chief Director: Civil Aviation. He was responsible for negotiating bilateral air services agreements with other States; ensuring a smooth administration of the licensing and permit system; management of implementation of international instruments and protocols and coordinating research and development on pertinent aviation topics. 

As a Chief Director: Civil Aviation, Mr Selepe also oversaw aviation State-Owned Enterprises (SEOs) such as the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Air Traffic & Navigation Services (ATNS) and the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA). He also served as chairperson of the International Air Services Council.

Some of Mr Selepe’s other key career highlights include serving as Coordinator of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Aviation Task Team at the National Department of Transport from 2009 to 2010. He also served as a member of the United Nations-International Civil Aviation Organisation Air Transport Panel of Experts and as Chairperson of the International Air Services Council. 

Issued by: 
National Department of Transport
 

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