S.Africa's Mbeki names minerals minister as deputy
Wed June 22, 2005 3:41 PM GMT+02:00
CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki on
Wednesday appointed Minerals and Energy Minister Phumzile
Mlambo-Ngcuka as his new deputy president, replacing Jacob Zuma who
was sacked in a corruption scandal last week
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka : Some background information.
Cape Town - Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was born on November 3 1955. She
is married to former head of national prosecuting authority Bulelani
Mlambo-Ngcuka obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science
and Education from National University of Lesotho (NUL) in 1980. She
is currently working on a Masters of Philosophy degree in educational
planning and policy (2003).
She taught in Natal from 1981 to 1983.
From 1984 to 1989 she was director of the Young Women's International
Programme at the Young Women Christian Association (YWCA), World
office in Geneva, where she worked on global youth development issues.
She was involved in the promotion of development education in Africa,
Asia and the Middle East and development of policies and programmes
favourable to job-creation for youth along with the UN system and for
During 1987 and 1989 she was director of Team, a development
organisation based in Cape Town. Team is involved in serving squatter
women and African independent churches, and promotes economic
self-reliance. It also runs skills-training programmes.
From 1990 to 1992, Mlambo-Ngcuka was director of a development
funding NGO, World University Service South Africa (WUS), which is
based in Cape Town.
The service supports organisations that promote literacy, rural
development and is involved in university outreach to marginal
Mlambo-Ngcuka was also involved in the management of funds donated to
development organisations by Swedish and Swiss government development
From 1993 to 1994 she served in government's gold crisis committee.
She was also a member of cabinet's committee for economic affairs and
a management consultant at Phumelela Services, Cape Town.
Phumelela is responsible for promoting race and gender-sensitive
organisational development, general change management, restructuring
of institutions and linking change with productivity.
From April 4 1996 until June 16 1999, she served as deputy minister
of trade and industry.
Mlambo-Ngcuka currently holds the following positions:
Minister of minerals and energy (since 17 June 1999);
Member of parliament (since 1994);
Member of the reconstruction and development programme (RDP) select committee;
Chairperson of public service select committee;
Deputy chairperson of the Western Cape ANC provincial executive committee;
Board member of Women's Development Foundation (supports women leaders);
Provincial vice-chairperson of ANC Western Cape;
Board member of World University Services;
Board member of Just Exchange (promoting export of Small, Medium and
Macro Enterprises' (SMME) products to European Union (EU) countries).