Jennings, who was formerly associated with the South African 'A' team, will have the forthcoming tour of India in November-December as his first international assignment, followed by a home series against England and will be in charge of the side until the end of tour to West Indies next May.
It may be mentioned here that Jenning's predecessor-Simons had taken over in June 2002 and had six months left on his contract but had to be removed following a spate of shoddy performances in recent times.
The newly-appointed coach, who took to coaching after a career as a wicket-keeper, during which he played 14 unofficial Tests against 'rebel' touring sides in the 1980s.
Jennings guided Gauteng to victory in the Standard Bank Cup in 1997-98. He was also in charge of Easterns two seasons ago when they won the Supersport Series.