About the dpsa

Minister for Public Service & Administration

Adv. Ngoako Ramatlhodi, MP

Personal information

Born on the 21 August 1955, in Tauyatswala village, near Polokwane, in Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo Province)

Current position

    Minister for Public Service and Adminstration of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 23 September 2015.

    Member of National Executive Council (NEC) of African National Congress (ANC) since 1991.

Academic qualifications

    • He obtained a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (BJuris) from the National University of Lesotho (NUL) in 1984
    • and a Bachelor of Law from the NUL in 1986.
    • In 1988, he obtained a Master of Science (MSc) in International Relations from the University of Zimbabwe.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

    • Served as Minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014 to 22 September 2015.

    • Awarded an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree by the University of Limpopo.

    • Admitted as an Advocate to the Bar of Lesotho in 1997 and to the Bar of South Africa in 2009.

    • Served as Deputy Minister of Correctional Services from 2010 to 2014.

    • From 2009 to 2010, he served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Constitutional Development.

    • Chairperson of the ANC cluster on Peace and Stability 2009 to 2010.

    • Besides being an NEC member, Adv Ramatlhodi was the Director of the ANC Policy Institute from 2004 to 2009.

    • He was the head of ANC Elections Committee from 2008 to 2014.

    • Served as a member of the Judicial Service Commission from 2010 to date.

    • Served as Premier of Limpopo province from 1994 to 2004.

    • Chairperson of the ANC in Limpopo from 1994 to 2004.

    • in the early 1990s, he was employed by the University of the North as Deputy Registrar.

    • He was also Executive assistance Assistant to the Rector and was also Lecturer in Public International Law.

    • A student activist until he went into Exile, where he held several positions within the ANC.

    • He returned from exile as a political secretary and speech writer to President of the ANC, OR Tambo.

    • He is a founder member and first chairperson of the University of the North Arts and Drama Association and was Chairperson of the Central Cultural Committee, which served as the students' only voice after the banning of the Students' Representative Council (SRC) 1977 to 1979

    • Adv Ramatlhodi was also a founder member of the Azanian Students' Organisation, later known as South African Students' Congress and a member of a team, which formed the Congress of South African Students.

    • He served as the secretary of the ANC Control Commission, a body responsible for the coordination of the entire liberation movement's activities

Last update: 23 September 2015

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