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Profiles: Deputy Ministers of Rural Development and Land Reform

DM Mcebisi Skwatsh          DM Candith Mashego Dlamini

Mcebisi Skwatsha, Mr


• Date of Birth: 31 July 1964
• Marital Status: Married

Current Positions

Mr Skwatsha is the Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the Republic of South Africa, as from 26 May 2014.

He is a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress. He is also a member of National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC).

Academic Qualifications

Deputy Minister Skwatsha matriculated at Fezeka Senior Secondary school in Gugulethu, Cape Town and then enrolled at Fort Hare University for a BA degree, but due to political turmoil at the campus at the time he could not finish his studies. He subsequently completed his BA degree at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in 1990.

He also has a Teacher's Higher Diploma in Education (UWC). He taught at Andile Primary school in New Crossroads.

He completed a Legislative Sector leadership course at Wits (2013).

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

Mr Skwatsha has occupied various leadership positions in many liberation organisations in pursuit of restoring the dignity of the previously disenfranchised majority and to bring about the country's liberation. He was a leader of the Congress of the South African Students (COSAS), the student movement; led the youth movement through the Cape Youth Congress (CAYCO) and the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO). He was part of the leadership collective of the United Democratic Front (UDF).

He joined the ANC underground structures in 1981. He was provincial chairperson and later a National Executive Committee member ANC Youth League.

He has served the ANC – as both Western Cape Provincial Chairperson and Provincial Secretary. He is currently a member of the ANC National Executive Committee.

Mr Skwatsha was elected to the Western Cape Provincial Legislature in 2004 where he served as MEC for Transport and Public Works between 2004 and 2005. Thereafter he was the Deputy Chief Whip of the Provincial Legislature untill 2009. He has served in the Rules Committee and the Health portfolio committees.




Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Ms


• Date of Birth: 1 January 1960
• Marital Status: Married

Current Positions

Ms Mashego-Dlamini is the Deputy Ministers of Rural Development and Land Reform of the Republic of South Africa, as from 26 May 2014.

She is currently also serving as a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) as well as the ANC Women's League Provincial Executive Committee in Mpulamanga.

Academic Qualifications

She pursued a BA Degree, after which she read for a Bachelor of Education in Education Management.

Ms Mashego-Dlamini holds a Diploma in Public Management from the University of South Africa. She also has certificates in Environmental Management, Fidelity Fund, Basic Computer, Typing and Music.

She is currently studying towards a Master's degree in Public Management.

Career/ Positions/ Memberships/ Other Activities

Mashego-Dlamini played an instrumental role in setting up a Detainees Parents Support Committee in the 1980s to thwart the impact of the arrests of many anti-apartheid activists. She participated in many structures including the National Education Union of SA, which spearheaded the formation of the South African Democratic Teachers' Union (SADTU).

While participating in the Federation of South African Women and serving as a treasurer for the Eastern Transvaal Women's Union, she was deployed by the ANC Youth League to the ANC Women's League. After resuscitating structures of the ANC in the early 1990s, she ascended to the ANC Provincial Executive Committee and became a treasurer of the ANC Women's League for 11 years. In 1999-2002 she was a member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC).

Some of Ms Mashego-Dlamini's significant contributions include serving as a convener of both the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and the African Peer Review Mechanism in Mpumalanga. She also served as the Deputy Secretary of the Common Wealth Women Parliamentary Association, Mpumalanga branch, an association of which she continues to be an active participant since 2009.

Prior to her appointment as one of the Deputy Ministers of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Mashego-Dlamini served as MEC for Health, Welfare and Gender Affairs in 1994. She was appointed MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in 1999 until she was tasked with leading the Department of Public Works from 2004 to 2007 in Mpumalanga. She was also the Mpumalanga MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration from late 2010 to early February 2013. She was then appointed as the Mpumalanga MEC for Health and Social Development from 2013.

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