HOW qualified is South Africa’s Cabinet exactly?

The people have spoken, and the African National Congress (ANC) no longer has majority control of South Africa’s Cabinet. A peaceful coup, of sorts. As a result, the ANC had to shore up its seats in the National Assembly by forming a Government of National Unity (GNU) with nine other parties, including the Democratic Alliance (DA).

So, let’s take a look in detail at South Africa’s Cabinet and more specifically the ministers’ educational qualifications, according to Business Tech. Yes, we acknowledge a degree/diploma isn’t everything. John Steenhuisen, leader of the DA and now Minister of Agriculture has nothing more than a Matric. Likewise, career academics with multiple degrees and little practical experience may also not be ideal candidates for public office in South Africa’s Cabinet.  


Position Candidate Education
Deputy President   Paul Mashatile (ANC)  PGDip in Economic Principles
Electricity and Energy Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa (ANC) PhD in Public Affairs
Minister in the Presidency  Khumbudzo Ntshavheni (ANC)  MBA
Women, Youth and Persons With Disabilities  Sindisiwe Chikunga (ANC) Master’s in Nursing
Agriculture  John Steenhuisen (DA) Matric
Basic Education   Siviwe Gwarube (DA) Honours in Political Science and Government
Communications and Digital Technologies Solly Malatsi (DA)  Honours in Politics
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Velenkhosi Hlabisa (IFP)  Honours in History
Defence and Military Veterans Angie Motshekga (ANC)  Masters in Education
Employment and Labour  Nomakhosazana Meth (ANC) Honours in Public Administration
Forestry, Fisheries and Environment Dr. Dion George (DA) PhD in Business Leadership
Finance   Enoch Godongwana (ANC)  Masters in Financial Economics
Health Dr. Aaron Motsoeledi (ANC) Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery
Science and Technology and Innovation Blade Nzimande (SACP/ANC) PhD in Sociology
Higher Education  Dr. Nobuhle Nkabane (ANC) PhD in Public Administration
Home Affairs Dr. Leon Schreiber (DA) PhD in Political Science
Human Settlements Mmamoloko Kubayi (ANC) Master’s in Public and Development Management
International Relations and Cooperation Ronald Lamola (ANC) Masters in Corporate Law and Extractive Law
Justice and Constitutional Development  Thembi Nkadimeng (ANC) Bachelor of Philosophy in Political Studies
Correctional Services Dr. Pieter Groenewald (FF+)  PhD in Political Studies
Mineral and Petroleum Resources Gwede Mantashe (ANC)  MBA
Police Senzo Mchunu (ANC) Degree in education and international relations
Public Works and Infrastructure   Dean Macpherson (DA)  Matric
Small Business Development Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (ANC) Degree in Business Administration and Management
Sports, Arts and Culture Gayton Mackenzie (PA) Matric
Tourism  Patricia de Lille (GOOD) Diploma in Industrial Relations
Trade, Industry and Competition Parks Tau (ANC)   Master’s in Public Policy & Management
Transport Barbara Creecy (ANC) Master’s in Public Policy and Management
Water and Sanitation Pemmy Majodina (ANC) Honorary Doctorate
*Data courtesy of Business Tech


John Steenhuisen shakes President Ramaphosa’s hand in parliament. Image: File

As mentioned, Agriculture’s John Steenhuisen, Public Works and Infrastructure’s Dean Macpherson, and Sports, Arts and Culture’s Gayton Mckenzie only have Matric qualifications but have ascended to some of the top jobs in the country.

Qualifications for the following members in South Africa’s Cabinet could not be confirmed by Business Tech:

  • Maropene Ramokgopa (ANC), Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Sisisi Tolashe (ANC), Minister of Social Development.
  • Mzwanele Nyhontso (PAC), Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development.
  • Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi (IFP), Minister of Public Service And Administration.


South Africa’s Cabinet
Why not have your say? Image: File

What do you think of the qualifications of South Africa’s Cabinet? Does it matter what type and how many degrees a person has behind their name? Be sure to share your thoughts with our audience in the comments section below. And don’t forget to follow us @TheSANews on X and The South African on Facebook for the latest updates.  

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