Economic Affairs Ministers

Mr Ebrahim Patel

Mr Ebrahim Patel
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Economic Development (2009-)

Background: 

Ebrahim Patel was appointed minister of economic development in May 2009, prior to which he was overall convenor for organised labour at the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac). Active in the trade union movement since his student days at the University of the Western Cape, Patel  has served on negotiating teams in numerous forums, including the International Labour Organisation (ILO). A founder member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), he was general secretary of the South African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (SACTWU) before taking up his position as a member of cabinet. 
 

Mr Rob Davies

Mr Rob Davies
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Trade and Industry (2009-)

Portfolio History: 
  • Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (2005-2009)
Background: 

Before being appointed in May 2009 as minister of trade and industry, Rob Davies served four years as deputy minister in the same portfolio. A member of parliament in the National Assembly since 1994, he chaired the parliamentary portfolio committees on finance and on trade and industry. Davies participated in the Seattle, Dohar, Cancun and Hong Kong rounds of World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks as part of the South African ministerial delegation. In exile in Britain and Mozambique from the 1970s, he worked at the Centre for African Studies at the University of Maputo until returning to South Africa in 1990, when he became co-director of the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape. Davies holds a BA Honours in economics from Rhodes University, a MA in international relations from the University of Southampton, and a Ph D in political studies from the University of Sussex. He is a member of the central committee and politburo of the South African Communist Party (SACP).

Ms Lindiwe Zulu

Ms Lindiwe Zulu
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Small Business Development (2014-)

Background: 

The Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, was President Jacob Zuma’s special advisor on international relations during the last administration. She held various communication roles in the ANC and the ANC women’s league during the pre 1994 election period. She became the ANC Department of Information spokesperson for the 1994 elections and then joined the Gauteng legislature before holding the position as provincial deputy speaker in 1995. From 1999 she served as a special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs until 2001 before taking up a position as chief director for Western and Central Africa until 2003. She then worked in the private sector at Vodacom before her appointment as the South African ambassador to Brazil from 2004 to 2007. On leaving her ambassadorial position she joined the ANC national executive and was elected to parliament in 2009.

Ms Tokozile Xasa

Ms Tokozile Xasa
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Tourism (2017-)

Portfolio History: 
  • Deputy Minister of Tourism (2009-2017)
Background: 

Ms Xasa is currently serving as the Minister of Tourism, previously serving as the Deputy Minister. A teacher by profession, she has taught at several high schools. She holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Fort Hare; a BA degree from the University of Transkei and a BA Honours degree from the University of Fort Hare. She served as Provincial Treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC) in Eastern Cape, and became Member of Provincial Legislature in Eastern Cape from 2001 until 2009. She served the provincial government as MEC for Local Government and Traditional Affairs and was once the Mayor of King Sabatha Dalindyebo District Municipality. Source: www.info.gov.za