Parliament Membership History
Member of the Gauteng Legislature – Chairperson Standing Committee on Education 1999.
Appointed MEC for Social Development on the 16th of December 2000.
Appointed MEC Gauteng Department of Education 2004.
Appointed Minister of Basic Education in May 2009.
Re-appointed Minister of Basic Education May 2014.
Political Leadership Background
Member of the Soweto Education Crisis Committee and later the National Education
Coordinating Committee (NECC) UDF Activist in Fedraw, civic & Education Movement. National Education Union of
South Africa. Pimville Civic Association. National Convenor of Teacher Unity talks leading to the formation of SADTU
Regional Chair of the ANC WL in former Kyalami. Former Provincial Deputy Secretary of the ANC in Gauteng and Former Deputy Chair of the ANC in Gauteng Province. Former President of the ANC WL.
Current Member of the ANC NEC and the ANC NWC
Primary education in different schools in Soweto.
Matriculated at Matatiele Boarding School.
Obtained BA (Edu) at the University of the North.
BEd and Master Degree (M.Ed) at the Wits University.
Research and political education on gender and women empowerment.
Political Ideas / Achievements Goals & Ambitions for the country
Education, skilling of young people.
Political stability and ensuring full development of children and young people including children with special needs. Inter-generational engagements.