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South Africa nominates Professor Mdwaba as SADC AU candidate for ILO Director-General

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The DEL has confirmed that South Africa has nominated Professor Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba as its candidate for the SADC and AU election of a new Director-General of the ILO. 

The Department of Employment and Labour (DEL) issued a statement on Tuesday, 14 September 2021, confirming that South Africa has formally submitted its candidate for the Southern African Democratic Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) International Labour Organisation (ILO) Director-General, nominating Professor Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba. The election is scheduled to be held in March 2022 in Geneva, Switzerland, with Professor Mdwaba having expressed his commitment to the ILO ideals of decent work and dignity and strengthening tripartism.

In response, Mdwaba stated, “It is my expressed desire to contribute to building an ILO that systematically demonstrates it cares for all its staff and constituents, and works to effectively deliver on commitments to ensure the dignity of everyone engaged in the world of work.” The DEL also noted that the historic declaration seeks to promote a human-centred approach to the future of work.

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Why Mdwaba believes he is the right person for role of Director General for ILO?

Mdwaba believes he is the right person to lead the ILO as the future is becoming more uncertain, especially in relation to increased gender inclusivity, youth unemployment, inequalities, rising informality, decent work deficits and weakened multilateralism.

What are some of Mdwaba’s achievements?

Mdwaba has been described by the DEL as an accomplished businessman, organised business activist, academic, and a thought leader who is well grounded in the ILO and its tripartite culture. He has also represented the International Organisation of Employers at the highest governance levels.

Why South Africa believes Mdwaba is the right candidate for Director-General of ILO?

Professor Mdwaba is said to have an understanding and tripartite multi-constituency sensitivity to lead ILO to become a global reference on the future of work issues, and provide international thought leadership to re-shape the work world.


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