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Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is a prominent South African politician who served as the Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities. She was Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform from 2018 to 2019, and previously served as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation from 2009 to 2018. Nkoana-Mashabane is also a former member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC).
Maite Emily Nkoana-Mashabane was born on September 30, 1963 (age 60 years) in Magoebaskloof and raised in Ga-Makanye, Limpopo. During the 1980s, she was an active member of the United Democratic Front and served in various structures of the Mass Democratic Movement and the African National Congress’ (ANC) underground structures.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane served the party in various structures after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990, including the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) and actively participated in the relaunch of the ANCWL in the country. Nkoana-Mashabane went on to be appointed as South African High Commissioner to India and Malaysia.
Nkoana-Mashabane served as the Chairperson of the ANCWL in Limpopo and as a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the organisation from 1992 to 1995. On her return to South Africa, Nkoana-Mashabane became Limpopo’s Local Government and Housing Member of the Executive Council.
In December 2012, Nkoana-Mashabane was re-elected as a member of the National Executive Committee of the ruling party at the party’s 53rd National Conference, held in Mangaung, Free State Province. Her first election to the NEC was at the party’s December 2007 National Conference, held in the city of Polokwane.
President Jacob Zuma appointed Nkoana-Mashabane as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 9 May 2009. Zuma subsequently disputed suggestions that this was an unusual appointment in light of Nkoana-Mashabane’s apparent lack of foreign policy experience, saying that “the ANC knows the strengths of this comrade” and noting that she was a member of the ANC National Executive Committee.
During Nkoana-Mashabane’s tenure as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa became a member of the group of emerging economies under the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) banner. Nkoana-Mashabane was President of the 2011 United Nations Climate Change conference held in Durban from 28 November to 11 December 2011.
She was sworn in for a second term as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on 26 May 2014. She is currently a member of the ANC NEC and NWC. In 2015, Ms Nkoana-Mashabane was elected as the Treasurer General of the ANCWL. In February 2018, she was moved to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, and her position was subsequently filled by Lindiwe Sisulu.
Nkoana-Mashabane rose to infamy after an interview on Al-Jazeera (conducted in 1996) where she responded to questions about the state of South Africa by detailing the manner in which she had, in her childhood, carried water pails on her head and subsequently has a hole in her head.
She has also continued to be a dogged supporter and defender of disgraced ex-president Jacob Zuma despite his failure to uphold the constitution, his many corruption charges, and his rape charges, and particularly despite his erratic cabinet reshuffles which saw the South African economy lose R5 billion almost overnight.
In May 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa named Nkoana-Mashabane as Minister of Women, Youth and Pers ons with Disabilities, succeeding Bathabile Dlamini. Nkoana-Mashabane unsuccessfully stood for re-election to the ANC NEC at the party’s 55th National Conference in December 2022.
She was removed as a cabinet minister in a cabinet reshuffle on 6 March 2023. Instead of becoming a backbencher, Nkoana-Mashabane opted to resign her seat in the National Assembly on 15 March 2023. As Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Nkoana-Mashabane incurred expenditure of R235 000 for a single flight from Norway to Bulgaria. At the Olso Airport, refusing to have her bag searched and missing her commercial flight, Nkoana-Mashabane insisted on chartering a private jet.
Nkoana-Mashabane’s first husband was Frans Mohale, a businessman from Limpopo. They had four children together. Her second husband was Norman Mashabane, who was recalled from his position as South African Ambassador to Indonesia after sexual harassment charges were laid against him. He was later found guilty on those charges in the Pretoria High Court, and quit his post as political adviser. He died in a car accident outside the provincial capital of Polokwane in 2007.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane net worth
How much is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane worth? Maite Nkoana-Mashabane net worth is estimated at around $2 million. Her main source of income is from her primary work as a politician. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s salary per month and other career earnings are over $101,000 dollars annually. Her remarkable achievements have earned her some luxurious lifestyles and some fancy cars trips. She is one of the richest and influential politicians in South Africa. She stands at an appealing height of 1.68m and has a good body weight which suits her personality.