Human Settlements Minister
Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo is currently serving as the Minister of Human Settlements, having previously served as the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Corporation. She was the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly from 9 May 2009 until 25 May 2014. She was awarded a Honorary Doctorate of Law from the University of Cape Town. She was elected Chairperson of the South African Wine Trust (SAWIT) and received the Local Government Management of South Africa Award for launching a large citizen listening campaign in 2003.She became the fourth woman and the first black woman to be Mayor of the City of Cape Town when she held the post briefly in 1998. She was re-elected Mayor following the floor-crossing period which gave her party, the ANC, the majority in the city council in 2002. She held the post until the DA regained control of the council in 2006.
Prior to entering politics Ms Mfeketho worked for a number of NGOs. From 1981 to 1991, Ms Mfeketo worked for the agricultural training NGO ZAKHE Agricultural College and Training Institute after which she worked for the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT) from 1991 to 1992 and 1992-1994 Mfeketho worked for the Development Action Group (DAG) on a public housing project.
Human Settlements Deputy Minister
The Honourable Zou Kota-Fredericks was appointed Deputy Minister of Human Settlements in 2009. She cut her political teeth during the 1976 student riots at Langa High School in Cape Town becoming an active member of numerous organisations including the Ikhwezi Community Centre in Gugulethu; Young Christian Workers; AZASO; COSAS and the Cape Youth Congress. She also served as the first secretary of the United Women’s Organisation and a Student Representative in the Island of Youth in Cuba.
Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks was also a Publicity Secretary for the United Democratic Front in the Western Cape, leading to her detention under the apartheid government’s notorious Section 29. She left the country to join the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe in Lesotho and also received military training in Angola and the Soviet Union. During the transitional negotiations at CODESA, she was one of the delegates of the Gender Advisory Committee (GAC). She later became a Provincial Chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the Western Cape and represented the Women’s League at the Progressive Women’s Movement.
Deputy Minister Kota-Fredericks has been a member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee since 1992. She was deployed to Parliament after the 1994 general elections where she served on the Defence Portfolio Committee, Joint Standing Committee on Defence, and Sport and Recreation Portfolio Committee. She was a Whip of the Defence Portfolio Committee, served on an Ad-hoc Committee to select Gender Commissioners, Ad-hoc Committee that formulated the legislation on the National Youth Commission and the selection of Youth Commissioners
Kota-Fredericks studied Social Work at the University of the Western Cape where she also obtained the Baccalaurelis Economicae (Honours), and an Advanced Diploma in Economic Policy. Her qualifications also include certificates in Economics and Public Finance from UNISA; Project Management from the University of Stellenbosch and the Senior Executive Programme for Southern Africa from Wits and Harvard Business Schools.