Boksburg blood in Ramaphosa’s cabinet

    The then ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, and the former mayor of Ekurhuleni Mondli Gungubele pictured during a previous wreath-laying ceremony at Chris Hani's grave.

    Two Boksburg residents are serving on President Cyril Ramaphosa’s new-look cabinet.

    One of them is Mondli Gungubele, who is now serving as South Africa’s deputy finance minister. In a recent interview with Karabo Letlhatlha, on CNBC Africa, the 61-year-old former mayor of Ekurhuleni said reducing the country’s R50-billion deficit forms part of the new leadership priorities.

    The deputy finance minister said he is grateful and excited to be working with Nhlanhla Nene, and vowed to do his best to protect the message of the president’s “Thuma Mina/Send Me” speech.

    He also revealed that he was initially shocked when he received a phone call from Ramaphosa informing him that he was offering him the position of becoming the deputy finance minister.

    Gungubele also previously held the position of being a Gauteng MEC for Health; Sports Art and Culture, and chairperson of the ANC Vosloorus branch.

    He is armed with a B Com (Law) degree and also holds a national diploma in nursing.

    He has also headed the Economic Affairs Portfolio Committee in the Gauteng provincial legislature and was MEC for Social Development and Community Services in the Gauteng province.

    He later replaced Ntombi Mekgwe as mayor, before he was removed and replaced with the current mayor of Ekurhuleni, Mzwandile Masina.

    Prior to all these positions, he was a teacher at the Falo Senior Secondary School in the Eastern Cape.

    Another local resident is the ANC’s former secretary general, Gwede Mantashe, who was appointed as the minister of Mineral Resources.

    The 63-year-old studied at Unisa where he completed a B Com Honours degree in 2002. He also acquired a masters degree from the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in 2008.

    Mantashe is also the national chairperson of the ANC. He is a former mine worker, National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) Regional Secretary, NUM National Organiser and Regional Co-ordinator, and chairperson of the SACP.

    Fanie Mthupha

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