Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa

Profile: Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo

Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo is the Deputy Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa from 26 May 2014.

She is also Member of Parliament, a Chairperson of African National Congress (ANC) Caucus from 2008 and a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) since 2007.

Ms Mfeketo was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Cape Town.

Between 1996 and 1998, Ms Mfeketo was elected Chairperson of Cape Town City Council during the pre-interim phase and was instrumental in uniting and integrating the people of Cape Town and spearheading the council's transformation initiatives. She served as Executive Mayor of the City of Cape Town from 1998 to 2000 and was re-elected and served for five years from 2002 until 2006.

Ms Mfeketo was the first black woman to become Mayor of the City of Cape Town.

She worked for the Development Action Group (DAG), an organisation focusing on housing options and housing development in 1992 and later joined the Social Change Assistance Trust, a financial non-governmental organisation responsible for funding and establishment of advice officers focusing on rural and peri-urban areas during the period 1991 and 1992.

In 1994, DAG appointed her on full-time basis in the Local government sector where she played an outstanding role. She became a member of Zakhe in 1980, and member and director of many companies, such as IDASA, Saatchi and Saatchi, National Urban Reconstruction Community Housing Association, Faranani Risk Solutions and Sibanye Bantu.

She was elected Chairperson of South African Wine Trust (SAWIT); and she received the Local Government Management of South Africa Award, for launching a massive citizen listening campaign in 2003.

Ms Mfeketo developed a development Trajectory to take the City of Cape Town to the year 2020 and served as a political adviser to the then Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. She became a member of the National Executive Committee and Working Committee of the ANC.

Ms Mfeketo was the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of South Africa from 9 May 2009 until 25 May 2014.

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