Siphiwe Nyanda

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General Siphiwe Nyanda SSA SBS CSL DMG MMS MMM (born 1950) is a South African politician, former minister of communications from 2009 - 2010.

He was a South African military commander. He joined Umkhonto weSizwe (MK), the military wing of the African National Congress, in 1974, and served as a field commander during the liberation struggle against the South African government in the 1980s. He was appointed MK Chief of Staff in 1992, and served on the Transitional Executive Council which oversaw the change of government in 1994.

Maj Gen Nyanda transferred to the South African National Defence Force, into which MK was incorporated in 1994, and served successively as Chief of Defence Force Staff (1994-1996), General Officer Commanding Gauteng Command (1996-1997), Deputy Chief of the SANDF (1997-1998), and Chief of the SANDF (1998-2005).

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It was revealed that Transnet Freight Rail, on suspended chief executive Siyabonga Gama’s watch, had awarded GNS Risk Advisory Services (Pty) Ltd, Nyanda’s company a R55-million tender without proper tender processes being ­followed. The company also had contracts with passenger train company Metrorail; state bus company Autopax; and two contracts with the Gauteng provincial government. M&GThe cost of the work was originally estimated at R12m by Impophoma Infrastructure Support, a business entity of Gauteng’s transport department set up to improve service delivery. R67,87m had been spent on the...
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