Minister: Lindiwe Zulu
Ms Lindiwe Daphney Zulu was the special advisor to the President on International Relations. She previously served as the head of communication for the PAN African's women's organisation in Angola in 1988. In 1989 she moved to Lusaka, Zambia where she held the position of head of communication in the ANC department of Religious Affairs. After which in 1990 she moved to Uganda where she was the head of communication and administrator in the ANC office.
In 1991 she returned to South Africa where she became the head of communication in the ANC women's league and in 1993 she became an executive committee member of the women's league. That same year she was seconded to the ANC Department of Information and publicity as the spokesperson for the first democratic elections. In 1994 she became a member of the Gauteng Legislature and in 1995 was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature. In 1999 she became the special advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs a position she held until 2001.
In 2001 she was appointed Chief Director for Western and Central Africa up until 2003 where she became the executive head of Government and International Relations, Vodacom group. In 2004 she became the South African Ambassador to Brazil and in 2007 she was elected to the ANC national executive committee and in 2009 was elected to Parliament.
Ms. Elizabeth Thabete
Ms Elizabeth Thabethe is the Deputy Minister of Small Business Development of the Republic of South Africa; a position she has held since 26 May 2014. She has been a Member of Parliament since 1994; she is deputy chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League (ANCWL) in Gauteng; and a member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee of the Gauteng ANCWL; and she is as a member of the Ekhuruleni Region of the ANC Regional Executive Committee.
Ms Thabethe completed a Certificate in Economics through the University of South Africa (Unisa) and an Advanced Diploma in Economics in 2008 through Unisa.
Ms Thabethe was a coordinator for the East Rand ANCWL regional task team structure, and a member of the ANC National Parliamentary Caucus. She was also provincial whip and a house whip from 1996 to 2004.
Between 2004 and June 2005, Ms Thabete chaired the Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs and Tourism. She participated in various committees of the National Assembly: as a member, including of the Labour Portfolio Committee, and the Trade and Industry Committee. She was also as alternate member of the Rules Committee, and Athe Joint Rules Committee.
Before being appointed as Minister of Small Business Development, she served as Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry from 22 June 2005 until 10 May 2009.
Ms Thabethe was the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa from 1 November 2010 until 25 May 2014.
Ms. Edith Vries
Ms. Edith Vries was appointed as Director General for the Department of Small Business Development of the Republic of South Africa in September 2015. She is a leading executive and international expert on organisational strategy, corporate governance, transformation, change and diversity management, people centred leadership and gender equality.
As a highly regarded visionary and inspirational speaker, she balances impassioned and dynamic leadership with a well-articulated and erudite sense of strategy formulation, direction and implementation.
Edith has a proven track record of executive level leadership in the public, corporate and not-for-profit sector coupled with a distinguished academic tenure and accomplished research background as well as being a well-respected political activist. Edith has also represented the South African government at the highest levels both nationally and internationally, having led and presented national policy formulation at key multilateral forums. Edith has over the years successfully developed a deep understanding and intuitive practice of people and group dynamics at both organisational and individual level.
Her employment history includes Director General at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF); Executive Head of the Independent Development Trust (IDT); Director of Community Development at the Department of Welfare; and Associate Professor at the University of the Western Cape.
Edith holds varying degrees and qualifications from varying educational institutions over the world, and is well respected for her contributions within her field of study.
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