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Minister for the Public Service and Administration


Ms Ayanda Dlodlo is the newly appointed Minister for the Public Service and Administration from 05 August 2021, by President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Prior to that appointment, Ms Ayanda Dlodlo was the Minister for State Security from the commencement of the 6th government administration in June 2019. Before then, she served as the Minister of Public Service and Administration (2018 – 2019), Minister of Home Affairs (2017 – 2018) and as Minister of Communication in mid-2017. She also served as the Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration, a position she held from 2010 until March 2017, after serving as the Parliamentary Counsellor to the President between 2009 and 2010. She has additionally made notable contributions to South Africa’s role in global fora as an Envoy to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) from 2011 until 2019.

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo currently holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) amongst a number of postgraduate qualifications in Management Development, Business Management and Executive Development Programmes. She has held several senior positions in various institutions such as Telkom, Spoornet, Sanlam, and most notably at the Department of Community Safety as the Head of Department and as Deputy Head in the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions).

Ms Ayanda Dlodlo was the Secretary-General (SG) for uMkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association from 2007, the same year she joined the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC), until 2012. She later served as the Chairperson of the Legislation and Governance Sub-Committee between 2015 and 2017.

She was elected as the Head of the Youth Section of the ANC for England and Northern Ireland in 1990 at the London Institute of Shipping, where she pursued her studies. Ms Ayanda Dlodlo remains a member of the ANC since joining in her teenage years.

Last update: 16 August 2021

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