Mr Bonginkosi "Blade" Nzimande

Dr Blade Nzimande
Current Portfolio: 

Minister of Transport (2018-)

Portfolio History: 

Minister of Higher Education and Training (2009-2017)


Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande was appointed minister of higher education and training in May 2009. He has served as general secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) since 1998, a position he continues to hold. Having obtained a BA Honours in psychology, an MA in industrial psychology and, later, a PhD in sociology from the University of Natal, Nzimande’s career has been divided between academia and the trade union movement. He was instrumental in founding the department of industrial phsychology at the University of Zululand’s Umlazi campus. Nzimande has chaired the ANC’s parliamentary study group on education, and Parliament’s select committee for higher education in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP).