Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka

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Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka "was born in Durban and attended the University of Lesotho, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Education. She worked in Kwazulu-Natal as a teacher, and was a founder member and director of the Young Women's International Programme at the Young Women's Christian Association office in Geneva. She was elected as a member of Parliament in South Africa's first democratic elections, and chaired the Service Portfolio Committee. She is a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. She was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, and later promoted to Minister of Minerals and Energy, in which position she was best known for developing a mining charter. In June 2005, President Thabo Mbeki appointed her as Deputy President of South Africa; she is the first woman to hold this post. Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka has been a founding Trustee of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation since 2003." [1]

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  1. Trustees, Mandela Rhodes Foundation, accessed May 31, 2010.