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Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma is the Minister in of Cooperative Governance & Traditional Affairs since May 2019. She holds a BSc degree in Zoology and Botany from University of Zululand 1971; MB ChB from University of Bristol 1978 and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool 1986.
As a young activist, she served as Vice-President of the South African Student’s Organisation (SASO) in 1976 as well as Chairperson of ANC Youth Section in Great Britain between 1977 and 1978; Vice Chairperson of the Regional Political Committee of the ANC in Great Britain from 1978 to 1988.
Dr Dlamini Zuma worked as Medical Officer in Paediatrics at Mbabane Government Hospital in Swaziland from 1980 to 1985; Paediatric attachment at Wittington Hospital in England from 1987 to 1989.
On her return to South Africa Dr Dlamini Zuma served in various regional, and provincial structures of the ANC and the ANCWL. She is currently a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC).
Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma served as Minister in the Presidency between April 2018 and May 2019. She was the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from 11 May 2009 until Sept 2012. Prior to her appointment as Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Dlamini Zuma served as a Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from 17 June 1999 to 10 May 2009.
She was elected by the African Union Commission as its chairperson on 15 July 2012, making her the first woman to lead the organisation (including its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity). She was in office from 15 October 2012 until 15 March 2017. She served as Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring & Evaluation from April 2018 until May 2019, when she was appointed to her current role as Minister of Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs.
She has been honors with several awards for her activism and her work in government, including the Stateswomen of the year Award from BBQ in 2004; the Order of Peter the Great: First Class, Russian Federation in 2005; Honorary Professor of the Belarusian State University in 2007; Huesped Illustre de la Cuidad de la Habana (Illustrious Guest of Havana City) decoration in Cuba.
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