13 March 2013
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of South Africa Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service)

The new Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Kingsley Mamabolo, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until his appointment, Mr. Mamabolo was High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Nigeria since 2009.† Appointed his countryís Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region in 2006, he was subsequently named Deputy Facilitator of the Burundi peace process.

In 2002, Mr. Mamabolo was appointed Special Envoy of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) to Sierra Leone and the Mano River Basin, a position he held for two years.

Also in 2002, he was appointed Deputy Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the overall coordination and management of bilateral and multilateral relations in Africa.

Upon returning from exile in 1994, Mr. Mamabolo joined the Ministry and was immediately appointed democratic South Africaís first High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, completing his term in 1999.

He was then appointed Permanent Representative to the Organization of African Unity and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), both headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was concurrently accredited as Ambassador to Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti.

With a foreign-service career dating back to 1978, when he was appointed Deputy Head of the African National Congress mission to the United Republic of Tanzania at the age of 23, Mr. Mamabolo holds a graduate diploma in social sciences from the Moscow School of Social Sciences, a diploma in journalism from the Harare Polytechnic and a masterís degree in public administration from the University of Pretoria.

Born in Johannesburg on 13 August 1955, he is married and has four children.

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