Ayanda Dlodlo studied Shipping and Transport Management in the UK after having been involved in the armed struggle as a member of the ANC in exile and its Military wing uMkhonto weSizwe.
She joined the ANC in her teens and a year later went for her military training in Angola completing her 10 month basic training course and went on to a specialist 4 month course to prepare her for infiltration back into the country for Political and Military Combat work.
Ayanda finished her training and joined the Transvaal Urban Machinery in Swaziland and was later deployed to the Transvaal Rural Machinery based in Zimbabwe.
Ayanda was later sent for Military Intelligence Training for a year in Russia in the former Soviet Union. Upon her return from training, Ayanda was deployed to Swaziland under the Natal Machinery. Later she was assigned Head of Intelligence for the Natal Machinery until her arrest and subsequent deportation to Zambia.
She went on to study Shipping and Transport Management at the London Institute of Shipping and was elected as Head of the Youth Section for England and Northern Ireland.
On her return back to South Africa, she worked for Port Net and later joined Telkom as the Regional Fleet Manager for Gauteng. She spent six months at the New York and New Jersey Port Authority and did another six months with Associated British Ports.
She was later headhunted by Sanlam and worked at their Head office for a short while until she was headhunted to Head the Department of Safety and Security in the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Ayanda was seconded to the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions) as Deputy National Head.
She was elected Secretary-General of the uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association in 2006 and elected on to National Executive Committee of the African National Congress in 2007.
In 2009, she became a Member of Parliament and was appointed President Zuma's Parliamentary Counsellor.
In 2010 President Zuma appointed her as Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration a position she held until 2017.
In the same year of 2010, she was appointed South Africa‚Äôs Envoy to the Open Government Partnership, an assignment she holds to date.
She was appointed Minister of Communications by President Zuma in March 2017. She also served as the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from 17 October 2017 until 26 February 2018.
Ms Dlodlo currently serves as Minister for the Public Service and Administration.Last update: 20 August 2018