Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni holds an MBA degree from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom. She is also a graduate of Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), where she read for her undergraduate degree in Political Science and concurrently completed two postgraduate degrees in Development Studies and Labour Relations. She matriculated from Mbilwi Secondary school in Sibasa, Limpopo. Mbilwi remains one of the best performing public schools.
She started her career as a junior lecturer at the University Of South Africa (UNISA) and then proceeded to be South Africa's youngest and first female Spokesperson of a Premier (Premier Ramatlhodi). She later worked as a Chief Information Officer for the department of Local Government and Housing (Limpopo) and a Manager for Tourism Investment for the Trade and Investment Limpopo (TIL). Ms Ntshavheni was once the youngest Municipal Manager in South Africa when she worked in that position for the Ba-Phalaborwa Municipal Council and a Chief Operations Officer at the State IT Agency (SITA).
Her political career cuts across both the student and youth movements. She was the youngest activist and part of the leadership of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) in the then Northern Transvaal. She was part of the young student activists who mobilised and led the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) after it had unbanned itself in 1989.
On the day of the release of President Nelson Mandela, she addressed the Far Northern Transvaal sub-region's (present day Vhembe Region) impromptu celebration rally on behalf of the Pioneers Movement she was leading. At the age of 14, she convinced President Nelson Mandela to adopt 16 years as the voting age of South Africa during the CODESA negotiations (this was when President Cyril Ramaphosa was the Secretary-General of the ANC). She has led both the youth and student movement at various capacity, including national executive committees. She has also led the ANC in her home Province of Limpopo including at the Provincial Executive Committee level.
Before joining the 6th Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, Ms Ntshavheni was a serial entrepreneur with interests in transport, FMCG and agriculture.
President Cyril Ramaphosa appointed her the Minister of Small Business Development on 29 May 2019.
Deputy Minister of Small Business Development
Zoleka Rosemary Nokuzola Capa was born on the 24th October 1952 at Mangquzu Administrative Area in Flagstaff, and is married to Lancelot Ndumiso Capa of Ndukudeni Administrative Area, Flagstaff. She did her primary school studies at Ncura Bantu Cultural School in Flagstaff and her High School Studies at Emfundisweni School in Flagstaff and Sigoga High School in Matatiele.
She trained as a Nurse in Holy Cross Hospital, and went to study in Australia, where she obtained Masters Degrees in Primary Health Care and Midwifery. She has worked and tutored at Holy Cross Hospital, and was later promoted as a Deputy Director at Department of Health for Region E (Kokstad).
In 1998 she was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) where she chaired various Committees including Standing Committees on Correctional Services & Home Affairs.
In 2000, she was elected as the Executive Mayor responsible for the O.R. Tambo District Municipality until 2010. During this period, she served as a Board Member of the Eastern Cape Socio- Economic Consultative Council (ECSECC) as well as the Chairperson of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) in the Eastern Cape Province.
During the 2007 Conference of the African Nation Congress held in Polokwane, she was elected as the member of the National Executive Committee. In 2009 she was elected as the National Chairperson of SALGA (South African Local Government Association)
On the 27th November 2010, she was redeployed to the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature and was appointed as Member of the Executive Committee for Rural Development & Agrarian Reform. She is the Provincial Champion of the War on Poverty Campaign as well. In 2014 she was deployed by the ANC to Parliament as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Social Development where she played a vital role in fighting for the rights of Women specifically rural women.
2019 she was deployed as the Deputy Minister for Small Business Development focusing on co-operatives development