Ms Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant

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Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Labour (2010-)

Background: 

Nelisiwe Mildred Oliphant was appointed minister of labour in November 2010 and has been a member of parliament in either the National Assembly or National Council of Provinces (NCOP) since 1994.  During that time she has chaired a number of committees, including the parliamentary portfolio committees on public services, and on land and environmental affairs.

A member of the ANC’s provincial executive for KwaZulu-Natal since 2008 and treasurer of the ANC Women’s League in that province, Oliphant has also served on the provincial legislature and as provincial ANC whip in the NCOP. She has been active in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) for many years, and served as local treasurer and shop steward for the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union (SACCAWU).