Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams
Minister of Small Business Development
Ms Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams was appointed Minister of Small Business Development on 5 August 2021. She was the Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa from 22 November 2018 to 5 August 2021. Born in Sakhela Village, Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams was previously the Deputy Minister of Communications from 26 May 2014 to 30 March 2017, and subsequently the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services until 21 November 2018. Prior to the 2014 general elections, she was Deputy Minister in the then DoC (now DTPS) from 25 October 2011 to 25 May 2014.
She holds a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Diploma in Telecommunications and Managements Systems; a Certificate in Telecommunications, Policy and Regulation Management from Wits University; an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Rhodes University and a Project Management Diploma from Cranefields College. Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams has been a member of the following parliamentary committees: •Portfolio Committee on Communications and Committee Whip in 2011;
•Portfolio Committee on Defence and Committee Whip from 2009 to 2011;
•Defence and Intelligence; and
•African National Congress (ANC) Parliamentary Caucus Sub-Committee on Political Education.
She is currently a member of the ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive and Provincial Working committees. Prior to being a Member of Parliament, Ms Ndabeni-Abrahams was a Project Manager for the Eastern Cape Socio-Economic Consultative Council from 2003 to 2009. She is a recipient of the Premier’s Award for her involvement in voluntary activities aimed at improving peoples’ lives. Minister is currently pursuing her MSc Computer and International Business studies with Robert Kennedy College Zurich.
Sidumo Mbongeni Dlamini
Deputy Minister of Small Business Development
Mr. S’dumo Dlamini was born in a rural village of Nsthingila Hlatsikhulu in Swaziland on 2 March 1966. He moved to South Africa with his aunt at a young age. He started schooling at the age of seven, in 1973, at Magugu Higher Primary in Ingwavuma, Kwa – Zulu -Natal Province. He attended Ingwavuma High School in 1980 and finished his matriculation in 1984. During this period of high school education, the early signs of his activism were seen when he led a strike by learners, and it was during this period that a brave activist and a champion for social justice was born. He later completed his studies as a nurse at Mosvold Hospital and rose to the highest and respected position in the health profession. He served as NEHAWU Shop Steward at Mshiyeni hospital and proved to be an effective leader and a gifted negotiator and as a result worker assigned him the task of being a provincial leader of NEHAWU- KZN. Because of his shrewd and yet effective negotiation in 2000, this tried and tested leader was elected a COSATU provincial chairperson, served two terms and was elected to a third term in July 2006 to be later elected 1st Deputy President at the ninth national congress of COSATU. He also served in the PEC, PWC as a member of the SACP since 2000 and 2003. During all this period he remained a loyal member of the ANC which he had formally joined in 1990 and participates in its community programmes served at all levels of the trade union movement. Given his consistent and profound leadership qualities, workers assigned him the responsibility of serving as an acting president and he was later elected as a President of COSATU. This is a position he held with dignity until he decided on his own to leave the federation to allow for a new and young leadership to take over. Even as a president of COSATU, he remained humble and grounded in working class and community struggles. This earned him respect within the ranks of the ANC led movement and the branches of the ANC elected him as a member of the NEC, a role he continues to play with passion and diligence to this day. Following the victory of the ANC in the 2019 general Elections, this organic intellectual, this strategist who rose in the ranks of the movement based on being humble and principled with clarity of thought, served as a Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Land and Rural development in the 6th Administration of an ANC led government. In August 2021 , Mr. Sidumo Dlamini was appointed to serve as Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, a responsibility that continues to place him directly at the service of the ordinary people and of getting the economy to respond to the needs and challenges facing ordinary people.
Director-General for the Department of Small Business Development, Mr Lindokuhle Mkhumane has been involved in the small business policy development and implementation for a period of just over 24 years. He has worked in all three spheres of government.
His experience includes trade and investment, where he was responsible for international relations focusing on the Asian region for a period of four years under the Department of Trade and Industry.
At a local government level he worked for one of the biggest Metros in South Africa i.e. City of Johannesburg driving Economic and Industrial Support for the municipality which included identifying and researching key economic opportunities that can drive the development of the economic hub of the country. In terms of academics, the highest qualification he holds is a Master of Business Leadership.
He was appointed Deputy Director-General: Enterprise Development and Entrepreneurship in June 2018 and shortly assumed responsibility as the Acting Director-General in October 2018 for the Department of Small Business Development. The Director-General has the full backing of Cabinet and the complete support of all employees within the Department of Small Business Development.