South Africa's own Intel InDuna

The mist is slowly lifting about what is discussed in the corridors of power and intel here in sunny SA. It seems we might be getting our own ODNI overseeing all intel activities. In the US they call him the "Intel Tzar". Wonder what the African equivalent would be? Intel Induna?

From Wikipedia: InDuna (plural: izinDuna) is a Zulu title meaning advisor, great leader, ambassador, headman, or commander of group of warriors. It can also mean spokesperson or mediator as the izinDuna often acted as a bridge between the people and the king. The title was reserved for senior officials appointed by the king or chief, and was awarded to individuals held in high esteem for their qualities of leadership, bravery or service to the community. The izinDuna would regularly gather for an indaba to discuss important issues. Amongst the Ndebele the term was also used to collectively refer to a group of elite soldiers operating under a specific inDuna. The term has found widespread use in South African English and Afrikaans, and it is a common reference to boss or lead person. In modern times the terms Chairperson and inDuna are sometimes used interchangeably.

There are rumours of the current 2 big agencies amalgamating 14 years after we went through the painful but relatively successful amalgamation of all liberation and state intel organs in the internal (NIA) and external (SASS). I'm sure there are a lot of intense debates about what to do with Mbeki loyalists, the Zuma loyalists and the few remaining intel professionals. O well, yet another restructuring, so don't hold your breaths for a sudden increase in competence or decisionmaking. If anyone needs to do a case study on the impact of perpetual restructuring on an organisation, just phone our Minister of Intel, or Defence or Police - you'd have more than enough material to keep you busy for 50 years!