BRIEF PROFILES OF THE MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL OF THE GAUTENG PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Ms Faith Mazibuko
MEC FOR SPORT, ARTS, CULTURE AND RECREATION
Nonhlanhla Faith Mazibuko was appointed MEC for Sport Arts Culture and Recreation in October 2015.
She was born in 1965 in Nigel, Ekurhuleni. Some of her personal interests include listening to music and driving her car.
Mazibuko has served as the MEC for Social Development, Mazibuko was the MEC for Community Safety. She is also the former MEC for Infrastructure Development in Gauteng – a position she held between June 2009 and early November 2010.
She was chairperson of the Women's Caucus and party whip in the Gauteng provincial legislature.
In 2005, she became a Member of Parliament, serving at the National Council of Provinces where she served as a provincial whip and chairperson of the Joint Monitoring Committee on the improvement of life and the status of women.
Mazibuko is the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the African National Congress Women's League.
Mazibuko obtained numerous qualifications from various academic institutions, including a BA (UNISA); Strategic Leadership Certificate (Wits); Public & Parliamentary Leadership course (Rhodes); Certificate in Leadership & Communication (Rhodes); Oversight & Monitoring Certificate (UCT); and Community Based Development Programme: Youth Skills Dev. Programme
Ms Sizakele Emelda Nkosi-Malobane
MEC FOR COMMUNITY SAFETY
MEC Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane was appointed MEC for Community Safety in June 2014.
Born in Diepkloof, Soweto and exposed to unpleasant conditions which were meant to break her spirit, she nonetheless grew to become a highly-respected leader. In spite of her demanding work, the MEC still finds time to spend with her family.
Before her appointment as an MEC, Nkosi-Malobane was a member of the provincial legislature since 2009 where she served as the Chairperson of Community Safety and Education Portfolio Committees respectively.
She has 15 years of experience in Local Government. She served as a Member of the Mayoral Committee for various portfolios including Community Safety in the City of Johannesburg.
Her first dose of indoctrination, which defined her quest for both intellectual growth and total liberation, was at Madibane High School where she was introduced to Congress of South African Students by the late David Diutlwileng. Driven by an irrepressible urge to succeed, she holds various certificates, including Local Government Policy Development and Conflict Management.
As a conscientised young person, she refused to be intimidated and suppressed by the Goliaths of the then apartheid government. She became one of the operatives of the student progressive forces. Her involvement in the political world made her an obvious target for the security establishment. She has had numerous brushes with the law then but she refused to be muffled by the system.
She holds various certificates, including Local Government Policy Development and Conflict Management.
MEC Nkosi-Malobane’s key responsibilities include ensuring that Gauteng is a safe and secure province. Her department is entrusted with responsibilities that include monitoring policing agencies, implementing crime-prevention initiatives, managing traffic, educating citizens about public safety and improving the relationship between communities and law enforcement agencies.
Mr Lebogang Maile
MEC FOR ECONOMIC, ENVIRONMENT, AGRICULTURE AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT
In June 2014 Lebogang Maile became MEC for Economic Development and later his responsibilities were extended to include, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development.
Maile was born in 1979, in Kempton Park. He grew up in Gauteng’s oldest township Alexandra which gave him an intimate sense of the struggle facing black people in South Africa under apartheid. He is married to Palesa Maile and has four children-Molemo, Molegoheng, Motheo and Mahlatse. MEC Maile is avid writer. He is a constant contributor on economic issues in various national dailies. He is currently an Editor –in – Chief for Moruo a Gauteng Department of Economic Development quarterly. He is also a formerly sport (On the Touchlines) columnist for the New Age Newspaper.
In 2010 Maile became the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and was a strong advocate of development, access to sporting and library facilities. He has been in the forefront of the revitalisation of such facilities as Bob Van Renen Sport Complex and has also played a lead role in using uniform standards in the building of libraries.
In 2009, Maile became a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, serving in the Education, Finance and Scrutiny and Subordinate Legislation committees.
Maile has also served in positions in Non-Governmental Organisations that have been actively involved in the work of youth development. He has also worked in the Gauteng Department of Education and at Tshwane South College.
He has served in several leadership positions, among them as President of student movement COSAS, Chairperson of the Gauteng Youth Commission, Provincial Secretary of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng and Chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the province.
As part of the leadership of COSAS, Maile was among the generation activists that shaped the discourse of education in SA as a country undergoing transition.
In 1995, Maile’s passion for education saw him being elected as COSAS President, a position that placed him at the heart of the transformation of education. His visionary leadership soon became evident with the introduction of the South African Schools Act.
COSAS was a strong advocate of the active involvement of parents in the education of their children. Through this advocacy and activism, school governing bodies were placed at the centre of school governance, giving parents a direct say in education matters. The historic and long standing demand for democratically elected Student Representative Councils also became a critical component of the democratic school governance dispensation.
Maile completed his matric at Crawford College.
His key responsibilities as MEC for Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development place him at the centre of the implementation of the Provincial Government’s three -pronged policy imperative of Transformation, Modernisation and Re-industrialisation. Among his direct contributions he will have to help:
• Revitalise the Township Economy
• Economic growth and employment creation
• Attract and retain investment
• Facilitate the entry of new players into various sectors of the economy
• Create new sources of energy for Gauteng
• Drive the green revolution
• Transformation of food supply chain and food security
• Develop and drive the growth of the eco-tourism sector
Mr Andrek Panyaza Lesufi
MEC FOR EDUCATION
Andrek Panyaza Lesufi was appointed MEC for Education in June 2014.
Lesufi, 45, was born and raised in Tembisa, north of Johannesburg. He led youth and student structures in Tembisa before being arrested under the 1988 Apartheid Emergency Regulation for belonging to then banned organizations (ANC, MK and COSAS).
MEC Lesufi served in government in various positions such as Special Advisor to the Minister of Basic Education, Head of Communications for Education, SCORPIONS, and South African Police Service (SAPS).
Inquisitive and adventurous, he has played multiple roles in the theatre of his life. He also served for three terms as Branch Secretary of the ANC Tembisa Branch, before becoming Deputy Regional Secretary of the then ANC Kayalami Region, a position he held for almost nine years, and was the founding Deputy Regional Secretary of the ANC Ekurhuleni Region.
He has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee since 2007, and attended almost all National Conferences and Policy Conferences of the ruling party. He serves in the National Communications Forum as well as on various ANC sub-committees.
Lesufi is the founding leader of the Association of Senior Managers of the State (ASMOS) – a body that coordinates the affairs of senior managers in government. He is a recipient of the University of Natal‘s Chief Albert Luthuli Award, presented to him by former President, Thabo Mbeki. The university furthermore bestowed on him the Best SRC President Ever Award in recognition of his leadership qualities.
He also worked within the NGO sector as Outreach Manager of the Tembisa Careers Centre, in community structures, such as the Community Policing Forum (CPF), as Secretary of COSAS and the South African Tertiary Institutions Sports Congress (SATISCO-Durban), and as Chairperson of the Creative Arts Society (CASOC).
Lesufi is currently studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Degree.
He matriculated at Vital Link Student Cooperation and went on to study Business Administration at the University of Natal in Durban where he was voted President of the SRC. He served in the Senate, Council and EXCO of the University and was awarded the Best SRC President ever by the University Natal as well as the Albert Luthuli Inter-Personal Relations Award.
Amongst Lesufi’s main tasks is to ensure smart service delivery of quality public education, to promote a dynamic citizenship for socio-economic growth and development.
He must drive the department to be at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery, providing access to quality lifelong learning opportunities. His department is committed to eliminating inequality in education. He is an advocate of Information Technology Communication (ICT) in schools and has introduced the revolution of the paperless classes.
Ms Barbara Creecy
MEC FOR FINANCE
Barbara Creecy was appointed Member of the Executive Council for Finance in June 2014.
Creecy grew up in Johannesburg where she attended the University of Witwatersrand.
Creecy was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in 1994, where she served for ten years in a number of capacities including Deputy Chief Whip as well as Chairperson of the Social Development and Education Committees.
In 2009 she was appointed MEC for Education after completing a five year term of office as MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. Whilst she was still MEC for Education, Creecy lead her Department to achieve four consecutive unqualified audit reports. In 2013 the Department received an award from the South African Institute for Government Auditors (SAICA) for the best financial statements in Gauteng.
Under Creecy’s leadership, the Gauteng Department of Education pioneered a turnaround strategy to improve matric performance in 400 underperforming township schools.
In April 2014 the programme was recognized by the United Nations as awarded first prize in the category “Improving Delivery of Public Services”.
Creecy joined the anti-apartheid movement and later the underground structures of the ANC whilst a student at Wits in the late 1970’s. She worked for the Civic Desk of the United Democratic Front and later joined an NGO that offered training and organisational development support to trade unions and community structures. She has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC since 2004.
She graduated with an Honours Degree in Political Science and subsequently completed a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management with the University of London.
Ensuring that her department is an activist, developmental and interventionist department; providing strategic and operational support to the Province, towards the achievement of inclusive growth, whilst ensuring the financial resources of the Gauteng Provincial Government are managed properly and maximise alternative sources of funding for provincial government through investment promotion and to provide a dedicated and professional back-office support service to all the departments of the provincial government.
Mr Jacob Mamabolo
MEC FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Jacob Mamabolo has been appointed as the MEC for Infrastructure Development.
MEC Mamabolo has a passion for education and knowledge
MEC Mamabolo’s political consciousness emerged at an early age informed by the harsh political and economic circumstances of the time. Restless and decisive, he took a decision to become a student activist and served as President of the South African Student Congress (SASCO). He also served as National Co-ordinator of the Young Communist League Steering Committee which later gave birth to the Young Communist League in 2003.
After completing high school his professional career took shape when he enrolled and studied teaching. His leadership and activism could not go unnoticed. He was elected as the President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) while studying at Mokopane Teachers College. This paved the way for him to take up leadership roles within the teachers’ union – South African Democratic Teachers Union (Sadtu).
He is also the Provincial Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP), and a Provincial Executive Committee member of the African National Congress. MEC Mamabolo has extensive public service and leadership experience accumulated over many years both in senior management positions and political activism.
He worked as a civil servant for over 10 years, starting as an Office Manager for the former Deputy Minister of the Department of Correctional Services. He also worked for the Department of Home Affairs as a Parliamentary Liaison Officer and rose through the ranks to become the Chief of Staff.
MEC Mamabolo was also appointed Project Manager of the Home Affairs Turn-Around Strategy which is recognised as one of the best practice models in the public sector.
He was also head of the Home Affairs 2010 Soccer World Cup Project. Following his success in the World Cup, he was then appointed Chief Director responsible for Ports of Entry. Before his current appointment, MEC Mamabolo was head of Change Management, supporting the Turn-Around Strategy in the National Department of Public Works.
His qualifications include a Senior Diploma in Teaching, a degree in law (B. Proc), and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is also a registered PHD, Public Administration student with the University of South Africa. MEC Mamabolo’s has special professional interest in turn-around strategies, change management and project management.
In this portfolio, one of Mamabolo's key responsibilities is to ensure that the department accelerates the integrated service delivery, maintenance and management of public infrastructure. HE is also tasked with deploying build environment professionals while encouraging the active participation of an empowered citizenry. His department needs to implement the Gauteng Provincial Government's (GPG) capital expenditure budget allocation and other infrastructure projects that utilise sole or joint GPG financial investments, and to maximise the social and economic benefits of GPG's property portfolio.
In addition, he has to safeguard the implementation of policies of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment and preferential procurement in line with the approved targets. His department is the implementing agent for all GPG department infrastructure developments.
Ms Nandi Mayathula-Khoza
MEC FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Nandi Mayathula-Khoza is MEC for Social Development following her appointment by Premier David Makhura.
Mayathula-Khoza was born in Johannesburg. She has four children. Her leisure time is spent visiting friends and family in the township. She enjoys cooking on the weekends, with Sundays being family days - they go to church and back home, talk about the week and school and prepare the day's meal together. Otherwise everyone takes a turn at cooking during the week, including her husband.
Amazingly, she finds time in her week for exercise - she goes to the gym, plays squash and is a beginner golfer. She says teaching is her first love. But she would not want to teach in the traditional setting, in a classroom. When she retires she wants to mentor and coach women aspire to be leaders in government.
Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was the mayoral committee member for community development and the Speaker of the council between 2000 and 2006 before she was appointed as the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development in 2009.
A qualified teacher by profession, Mayathula-Khoza taught maths and science for three years before switching to politics and governance. But it seems teaching is still her first concern and so is the empowerment of women and youth.
In 1994 Mayathula-Khoza moved into serious politics and governance - she was deployed by the ANC as a municipal councillor and in 1997 became mayor of Soweto. She is a member the ANC Women's League, the Valued Citizens' Board and the Multiparty Women's Caucus and sits on the Rand Water Board.
She completed her BSc degree in Swaziland. She also has a Development Management certificate from the University of Witwatersrand and she is keen to complete her Master's Degree in Management.
Mr Ismail Vadi
MEC FOR ROADS AND TRANSPORT
He was appointed as Member of the Executive Committee for Roads and Transport in November 2010 where he is currently serving following his reappointment in June 2014.
Ismail Vadi was born in 1960 in Kliptown where the historic Congress of the People was held in 1955.
Between April 1994 and November 2010, Vadi served as a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress (ANC). In the National Assembly, he had served on the Portfolio Committees on Education; Safety and Security; Public Service and Administration; Correctional Services; and the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence. He served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications; and in the Constitutional Assembly, he served as the Chairperson of the Theme Committee on Public Administration. He also served as Chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Special Report of the Public Protector on the then Deputy President, Mr Jacob Zuma.
He taught as a senior History and English teacher in Lenasia from 1982 to 1991. Thereafter, he served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education (University of the Witwatersrand). Vadi has published articles and books on Political Resistance in South Africa; Teachers and Trade Unionism in South Africa; Educational Policy Development and History Curriculum Reform.
Vadi has had a varied political career. In the 1980s, he was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF). He was a founder member of both the Lenasia Youth League and the Progressive Teachers’ League and served as the National Vice-President of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) from 1990 to 1994.
MEC Vadi recently obtained a doctorate in Security Studies. He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Witwatersrand.
Vadi has been assigned to improve the mobility and accessibility of Gauteng citizens, particularly the poor, and to develop transport and socioeconomic infrastructure that helps them to participate meaningfully in economic and social activities.
His department's vision is to develop an integrated, sustainable infrastructure that promotes people-centred, innovative, developmental public works and an accessible, safe and affordable movement of people, goods and services.
Mr Paul Mashatile
MEC FOR HUMAN SETTLEMENT and COOPERATIVE GOVERNANCE & TRADITIONAL AFFAIRS
Former Gauteng Premier,Paul Mashatile has been appointed as the MEC for Human Settlements, Cooperative Government, and Traditional Affairs.
Mashatile has vast experience in government. He previously held several portfolios – Gauteng Premier and Minister of Arts and Culture. Before the appointment, he was a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) as Leader of the House.
With his wealth of experience in government he will bring more impetus to the implementation of new mega human settlements and in building greater co-operation between the provincial and local spheres of government.
As a student, Mashatile was an activist in the struggle against apartheid as a member of the Congress of South African Students, and was the co-founder and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress. He was detained without trial from 1985-1989, and participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike. When the African National Congress and the South African Communist Party were unbanned in 1990, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf.
As MEC for Human Settlements, Mashatile is tasked with providing Gauteng residents with human settlements and coordinating the effective functioning of local government to promote sustainable development in communities.
Ms Gwen Ramokgopa
MEC FOR HEALTH
Dr Ramokgopa was appointed MEC for Health in February 2017.
Dr Ramokgopa was born in Atteridgeville, City of Tshwane (then Pretoria). She is married with three children. She enjoys reading and spending time with her family.
She was the inaugural CEO of the South African Medical and Dental Practitioners assisting it to establish its investment company on whose board she sat as an executive director. She served as a non-executive board member of NETCARE Private Health Company as well as the Deputy Chairperson of the Black Economic Empowerment Commission representing the medical sector. She also served respectively on the University Councils of the Medical University of Southern Africa (Medunsa) and the Pretoria University.
Dr Ramokgopa worked as a Medical Officer at Dr George Mukhari (then GaRankuwa) Hospital until 1992 when she joined the Independent Development Trust (IDT) as National Health Programme Manager. In 1995 she was invited by the MEC for Health to participate on the Strategic Management Team and later a Medical Advisor where she assisted in the establishment of an integrated unified and de-racialised Gauteng Department of Health.
From 1998 she became a member of the Gauteng Legislature serving as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee for health as well as being a member of the Portfolio Committee of Finance and Local Government respectively.
Dr Ramokgopa served as Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Health in Gauteng Government from 1999 to 2006. During this period, she also chaired the Social Development Committee, served as member of the Political Labour Committee, co-ordinated the Government Multi-sectoral AIDS programme and was Head of the Gender Mainstreaming and Women`s Development Programme within the Gauteng Government.
Between 1995 and 1998 she became the first black woman to chair the executive committee of the then City Council of Pretoria. She was later appointed to serve as the Executive Mayor of Tshwane from 2006 to 2010.
In her various roles and responsibilities Dr Ramokgopa has demonstrated her passion and commitment on issues of policy, leadership and strategic planning; corporate governance, ethics, accountability and participatory democracy; economic development, youth empowerment and gender equality; as well as excellence, quality assurance, innovation and research.
As an anti-Apartheid activist she occupied various leadership positions including in the student movements, women`s organisations, professional health associations and in the African National Congress.
She qualified as a Medical Doctor (MBCHB) in 1989 and attained her Masters in Public Health (MPH) in 2007. Other studies she undertook at postgraduate level include Public Health (Wits), health economic and Financing (UCT) and Strategic Management and Marketing (Graduate School of Management and Technology).
Dr Ramokgopa’s key responsibilities as the MEC for Health include providing quality health services and ensuring a caring climate for service users, implement best-practice healthcare strategies, create a positive work environment for staff, and provide appropriate and top-quality training for health workers