Ms Lulama "Lulu" Marytheresa Xingwana

Ms Lulu Xingwana Photo
Portfolio History: 
  • Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities (2010-2014)

  • Minister of Arts & Culture (2009-2010)

  • Minister of Agriculture & Land Affairs (2006-2009)

  • Deputy Minister of Minerals & Energy (2004-2006)


Lulama “Lulu” Marytheresa Xingana served as minister of arts and culture between May 2009 and her appointment in November 2010 as minister for women, youth, children and people with disabilities. She was minister of agriculture and land affairs from 2006 to 2009, and deputy minister of minerals and energy between 2004 and 2006. Xingana holds a BSc from the University of the Witwatersrand and a post-graduate diploma in economic principles from the University of London. A member of parliament in the National Assembly from 1994, she chaired the parliamentary portfolio committee on sports and recreation between 1994 and 1999, subsequently serving on the parliamentary portfolio committees for defence, then minerals and energy. Active in the Federation for South African Women (FEDSAW) and the United Democratic Front (UDF) prior to the unbanning of the ANC, Xingwana has served on the national working committee of the ANC Women’s League since 1993.