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Bathabile Dlamini

Bathabile Olive Dlamini, Ms

Current Positions

Ms Dlamini is the Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa since 01 November 2010 and a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).

Academic Qualifications

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Studies from the University of Zululand in 1989.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Ms Dlamini became an active member of the Idlangamabala Youth at Imbali’s St Marks Anglican Church as well as the South African Students Congress. She worked with various structures after the release of Nelson Mandela including the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions, Youth and various underground structures of the ANC.

She became part of the interim leadership that was formed to build the ANC Womens League structures in the Kwa-Zulu Natal regions in 1991 During that period she was elected to the first Regional Executive Committee of the ANCWL.

Between 1991 and 1993 Ms Dlamini worked for the Pietermaritzburg Cripples Care Association non-governmental organisation (NGO), that worked with the physically disabled in Pietermaritzburg and brought about the change of name of the NGO; served as a member of the Imbali Rehabilitation Programme from 1991 to 1993 and as Deputy Secretary General of the ANCWL in 1993.

As a member of Parliament, Ms Dlamini served in the Correctional Services and Social Development Portfolio Committees from 1994 to 2004. She has also served as Secretary-General of the ANCWL from 1998 to 2008 (one of the longest serving Secretary-General of the ANCWL. She became a member of NEC of the ANC as well as the National Working Committee in 2007; and she was part of the formation of the progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa in 2007. Prior to the appointment as a Minister; Ms Dlamini was a Deputy Minister of Social Development of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009 to 31 October 2010.

Collins Chabane

Ohm Collins Chabane, Mr

Current Positions

Mr Chabane is the Minister in the Presidency; responsible for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency from 11 May 2009.

He has been a member of Parliament since 06 May 2009 and a member of African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) from December 2007 and member of ANC National Working Committee (NWC)

He also serves as a member of National Deployment Committee; member of Economic Transformation Sub-Committee; member of Social Transformation Sub Committee; member of International Relations Sub-Committee and member of National Disciplinary Sub-Committee.

Mr Chabane also serves as Chairperson of Constitutional Affairs Sub-Committee; Convenor of ANC NEC; and Convenor of Transitional Task Team.

Academic Qualifications

He holds a Diploma in Leadership and Management from University of Limpopo Graduate School of Leadership and a Diploma in Management from Arusha in Tanzania.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Mr Chabane joined the African National Congress (ANC) underground activities at early age of seventeen (17) and went into exile in May 1980 and later he was arrested and served a term in Robben Island from 1984 to 1990.

He has served as a Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Northern Province from 1990 to 1998 and he was instrumental in the re-establishment of ANC structures in Limpopo Province. He has also served as a member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Public Works in the Limpopo Provincial Government in 1998 and as a member of the Provincial Legislature in the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in 1997.

He has also served as MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo and during his tenure in the department he embarked on an international awareness programme on economic opportunities in trade and investment in tourism, agribusiness sector, with special emphasis on doing business with SADC countries and Africa broadly, as well as international business communities.

He signed a number of service level agreements with CPI in Mozambique, SIPA in Swaziland, Bedia in Botswana, SOF in Switzerland, SANC for the South African Netherlands Chamber of Business, JETRO in Japan and with IJM in Malaysia. He also signed a Tourism cooperation with Botwana, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

He negotiated to sign Service Level Agreements with Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe; and he helped establish a 15 million joint venture water purification project.

Mr Chabane has served a member of the Executive Council in the Premier’s Office in Limpopo Provincial Government between 1997 and 1998.

He is a former Chancellor of Mbulaheni Ramaano Training College and has served as member of Parliament of the National Assembly from 1994 to 1997 and during the period he served as a member of the Constitutional and Management Commmittees in the Constitutional Assembly; member of Provincial Working Committee and Chaiperson of the Provincial Disciplinary Committee and the Political Committee and Political education .

He was a member of Provincial Constitutional Committee; member of Provincial ETC; member of the Rules Committee, the Legislature Board and the Internal Arrangement Committee and Leader of government Business in the Legislature. He established the road Agency, which was the first institute of its kind in South Africa; which fast tracked the upgrading of roads in the province.

Mr Chabane established "Gungu Lashu" a labour intensive road construction programme a nucleus of the current EPWP programme. The department under his leadership won best Service Awards, Platinum, Silver and Gold.

Obed Bapela

Obed Bapela, Mr

Current Positions

Mr Obed Bapela is the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for performance Monitoring and Evaluation of the Republic of South Africa, from 24 October 2011 and he is a member of Parliament since 2002.

Academic Qualifications

Mr Bapela holds a Diploma in Journalism; a Certificate in Community and Organisational Development; Certificate in Safety and Security; Certificate in Policy Development with specialisation in international relations and he is currently studying towards Advanced Diploma in Development Economics at University of South Africa.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Mr Bapela was a student activist and took Part in the 1976 student uprising. He was a member of the African National Congress (ANC) underground structures from 1979. He was also a member of the Congress of South African Student (COSAS) in early 1980s.

He was a founding member of Alexandra Youth Congress in 1983, later became its Deputy President. He was also a founding member of United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1983 and became a member of the Civic movement later known as South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) from 1985 to 1986.

Mr Bapela has served ANC in the positions of Deputy Secretary of Johannesburg branch, Regional Secretary of the ANC PWV from 1991 to 1994, and as Deputy Secretary of Gauteng province from 1994 to 2000. He also served as Ex-Official in the National Executive Committee of the ANC.

Mr Bapela was detained several times and appeared in two political trials in Port Elizabeth and Alexandra between 1986 and 1987 and between 1987 and 1990. As a member of National Assembly he served as a member of the Joint Rules Committee, National Assembly Committee, Joint Programming Committee, and a member of Portfolio Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade and Industry. he also served as a Chairperson of the inter Parliamentary Group on International Relations.

Mr Bapela was a Facilitator/Chairperson of South Africa/European Union Inter Parliamentry Meetings and served as member of Gauteng Provincial Legislature and on Gauteng Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security from 1994 to 1999. Prior to his appointment as a Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Mr Bapela was a Deputy Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa from 1 November 2010 until 24 October 2011.

Tina Joemat-Patterson

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Ms

Current Positions

Ms Joemat-Pettersson is the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009 and she is a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee since December 2007.

Academic Qualifications

Ms Joemat-Pettersson holds a Degree in Executive Management in Education from the University of Cape Town; Bachelor of Arts in English and History from the University of Western Cape and Higher Diploma in Education from the University of Western Cape. She attended the William Pescodia High School.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Ms Joemat-Pettersson was active member of the Azanian Students Organisation between 1985 and 1986. She Taught at Pescodia Secondary School in 1987, at Homevale Senior Secondary School between 1992 and 1993 and a Tutor in History during the period 1989 to 1991; Tutor in English for the National Education Co-ordinating Committee and Tutor in English for the Education Development Trust during the period 1992 to 1993. She was also a Research Assistant to the Head of English Department at the University of Western Cape in 1990 and member of the National People’s Education Panelist in 1992.

Ms Joemat-Pettersson was a National Representative of SADTU for Northern Cape; and member of South African Democratic Teacher’s Union (SADTU) in 1992. She was also a member of the Union of Democratic University Staff Association and a member of Northern Cape Regional Delegate to the ANC National Education and Cultural Desk during the period 1992 to 1993. She was a Lecturer in the English Department at University of the Free State between 1993 and 1994.

She became a member of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature in 1994; member of the Executive Council for Education, Arts and Culture in the Northern Cape between 1994 and 1999 and Board member for the Helen Joseph Women Development Centre from 1997 to 2001.

She became Chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Northern Cape in 1998; member of the South African Communist Party (SACP) Central Committee in 1998; member of the ANC Women’s League National Executive Committee from 1998 to 2003; Chairperson of the SACP in the Northern Cape in 1998 and member of the Northern Cape Provincial HIV and AIDS Council in 2000 and Treasurer of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee for the Northern Cape in 2003

Ms Joemat-Pettersson was a Trustee of Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust in 2001; Chairperson of the Birch Education Trust from 2001 to 2004; member of the Executive Council for Education in 2003; Chairperson of the Northern Cape Province Rehabilitation Trust in 2004 and Chairperson of the ANC Financial Committee (FINCOM).

She served as Chairperson of the Land Reform Co-ordinating Committee; Chairperson of the ANC Economic Transformation Committee (ETC); Trustee of Mosiuoa Lekota Children’s Fund in 2005 and Acting President of the Association of University English Teachers in South Africa.

Fikile Majola


Current Positions

Member of the ANC Executive Committee and NEHAWU General Secretary

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Born in 1964, Fikile Majola served the youth and UDF structures in the 80s in the then Southern Transvaal region, where he played a key role in the re-establishment of the ANC and SACP structures. He joined NEHAWU as its Organiser in the Vaal Branch in 1990. He was elected Regional Secretary of NEHAWU Western Transvaal in 1992. He served as NEHAWU’s Assistant General Secretary in an acting capacity in 1994 and was eventually elected to that position in 1995. He became General Secretary in 1998 after being elected in the congress held in Durban. He was re-elected to this position in 2001, 2004 and again in 2007.

Humphrey Mmemezi

Humphrey Mmemezi (Mr)

Humphrey Mdumzeli Zondelele Mmemezi - is a former Gauteng MEC for Local Government and Housing. Humphrey Mdumzeli Zondelele Mmemezi was born on the 26th of February 1955 in Buthulo rural village of Lusikisiki in the former Transkei (now Eastern Cape). At a very young age, he was exposed to the Eastern Pondoland rebellion of 1960 which had great political influence on him.

Like most rural young men, his first responsibility was to look after his guardian’s livestock (cattle, goats and sheep), and only started school at the age of thirteen (13). He ultimately obtained his Standard 6 certificate in 1974. In 1989 he resumed his educational journey by embarking on self education through ABET and distance learning until he reached tertiary level. He now holds the following university qualifications;

Current Positions

Member of the ANC National Executive Committee

Academic Qualifications

National Diploma in Transportation Management from University of Johannesburg (formerly RAU),
Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Public Administration from UNISA,
Certificate on Local Government Capacity Building from University of Potchefstroom,
Certificate on Housing Policy Development and Management from Wits Business School
Certificate on Project Management from University of Potchefstroom,
Certificate on Municipal Management Development Programme from University of Pretoria.

Amongst his many community involvements, in 1979 and against many odds, he singlehandedly founded the Mathambo Primary School in his home village of Buthulo (near Mtontsasa police station).

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Mmemezi started working in 1975 at Magwa Tea Plantation. During the year of the Soweto student uprising in 1976 he was politically active and was already elected a worker leader in Sasolburg’s Coalbrook Mine. He later worked for several mining companies, including East Driefontein, Blyvoor, Optimum Coal mine etc, where he was primarily employed as a driver, locomotive operator and later by 1997 became mine health and safety officer. This exposure to mining led him to join the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), becoming one of the first groups of workers to be unionized by that giant union - NUM. In 1986 he was elected chairperson of NUM at the Optimum Colliery branch. In 1989 he came back to the West Rand and he again organized mine workers and established another NUM branch at Lindum Reefs where he also became the chairperson. While he was still in Middleburg after his dismissal from Optimum mine he then became a volunteer regional organizer of NUM in Witbank. His community activism and his union role while he was a mineworker played a very important part in further shaping his political consciousness. This also made his involvement in political activism to transcend beyond the workplace as he participated and also led some of the popular mass struggles of resistance against social injustices waged by communities at the time since 1973 to 1990s when it was not fashionable to do so.

He founded and led several ANC branches around the West Rand Region. He has been the member of the ANC West Rand Regional Executive Committee (REC) from 1995 to date, during which he was a Regional Chairperson for four terms. He is currently the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC in Gauteng.

In November 1994 he was among the first ANC elected Councillors for the pre-interim phase of local government in Krugersdorp. In November 1995, he was appointed an ANC party representative Councillor. MEC got a lot of exposure and accumulated extensive experience when he led Krugersdorp Transitional Local Council as the chairperson of EXCO, giving political guidance and decisions to all heads of departments. In 2000, he was appointed a member of the Mayoral Committee of West Rand District Municipality. He has been a Councillor since 1994 until he resigned in 2008 to take up a managerial position in Mogale City Municipality. He held the position until he was sworn in as a member of the Gauteng Legislature and appointed to the Executive Council as Gauteng MEC of Local Government and Housing on 03rd November 2010. His earlier involvement in the different aspects of housing and local government transformation will enable him to play a highly strategic role in further improving this institution.

Amongst other achievements in his quest to house people, is the beautiful township of Sinqobile, Tudor Shaft and Soul City informal settlements in Mogale City.

Mmemezi is married and blessed with 4 sons, 4 daughters, and grandchildren.

Gugile Nkwinti

Gugile Ernest. Nkwinti, Mr

Current Positions

Mr Gugile Ernest Nkwinti is the Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009.

Academic Qualifications

Mr Nkwinti holds a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of London and a Bachelor of Administration degree specialising in Political Science, Public Aministration and Applied Economics from the University of South Africa.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Prior to his appointment as a Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Nkwinti was a Speaker of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature for the 1994 to 1999; MEC for Housing, Local Government and Traditional Affairs at the Eastern Cape Province from 1999 to 2005 and as MEC for Agriculture at the Eastern Cape Province from 2005 to 2009.


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