MR. SENZO MCHUNU
Mr. Senzo Mchunu is the Minister of Water and Sanitation from 5 August 2021.
He was Minister of Public Service and Administration of the Republic of South Africa from 30 May 2019 to 5 August 2021.
The Minister of Water and Sanitation, Mr Senzo Mchunu, is an alumni of the University of Zululand and the University of South Africa, where he obtained a BA degree in Education and International Relations. His entry into Government began as a High School Educator, at St Augustine’s High School (Nquthu, Northern KwaZulu-Natal) whereafter he was subsequently transferred to Impande High School in Eshowe.
He went into politics full time in 1991 and was appointed as the first Regional Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC), of the then Northern Natal Region. In 1994, he was elected the first Provincial Secretary of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal. He became an ordinary member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature in 1997, until his appointment as Chairperson of the Agriculture Portfolio Committee.
Between 2002 – 2004, Minister Mchunu served as the Chairperson of the Social Development Portfolio Committee and again, served in the same capacity in the Portfolio Committee of Education between 2004 and 2009. He became MEC for Education in KwaZulu-Natal between 2009 and 2013. Minister Mchunu was thereafter elected Provincial Chairperson of the ANC in 2013 and served as Premier of KwaZulu-Natal between 2013 and 2016.
President Ramaphosa appointed Mr Mchunu as Minister for Water and Sanitation on 5 August 2021, after having served as the Minister for the Public Service and Administration.
MR. DAVID MAHLOBO
Mr. David Mahlobo was appointed as Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation as from May 2019.
He obtained additional certificates in Water Quality Management Course II: Management Aspects. Mr Mahlobo would later complete a course on Performance Budgeting and Financial Management Course as well as Targeted Recruitment and Selection at Deloitte Human Capital.
He worked as an Educator in Bambanani High School, responsible for Biology and Physical Science for Grade 10 and 11 learners. He later worked in Lalela Finishing School, teaching Physical Science and Biology for Grade 12.
Mr Mahlobo cut his teeth in the water sector when he joined the then Department of Water and Forestry, Mpumalanga province, in the Water Quality Division, responsible for the Upper Olifants River Catchment with respect to Water Use Control at mines, municipalities and industries; Water Resource Management Protection and Impact Management, Water Quality Management and Water Quality Communication.
He was later promoted to be an Assistant Director: Transformation (later renamed External Transformation) and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Director and Director in the same Unit at the Department of Water and Forestry. In 2009, he was appointed as the Head of Department (HOD) for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs by Mpumalanga Provincial Government for a period of three years which was further renewed in 2012.
He resigned as HOD for COGTA in 2014 when he became ANC Parliamentary Candidate.
MS. DIKELEDI MAGADZI
Ms. Dikeledi is a Member of the National Assembly and a Member of the African National Congress since 2007 – to date. Ms. Dikeledi Phillistus Magadzi was a former MEC for Public Works (1994 – 1998), Agriculture (2004 – 2009), and Safety and Security (2009 – 2010) in the Limpopo Provincial Government.
She was also a member of the Federation of South African Women, Executive Member of the ANC WL (1990 – 1996), NEHAWU (1987-1994), UDF (1985 -1990). She served as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Transport and was a member of the Judicial Service Commission during the Fifth Parliament (2014-2019).