Who is Faith Muthambi?

South Africa’s new communications minister is Faith Muthambi – here is where she comes from, and what some experts say about her appointment

By - May 26, 2014
Faith Muthambi

President Jacob Zuma announced his new cabinet on 25 May 2014, which included the relatively unknown Azwihangwisi Faith Muthambi as the new communications minister.

Muthambi will head up the restructured communications department, which has been changed to include more functions.

The new department of communications will be formed out of the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa), the SABC, GCIS, Brand SA, and the Media Development and Diversity Agency.

Faith Muthambi’s political career

Muthambi had a long political career before being named the new communications minister. Some of her prominent positions include:

  • Member of SANSCO (1989-1990);
  • Tshimbupfe ANCYL branch Secretary (1991-1992);
  • Executive Committee member of Tshimbupfe ANC branch (1992-1993);
  • Deputy Secretary of the Vuwani Zone (1993-1999);
  • REC member of Vhembe ANCYL (2003-2005);
  • Provincial Treasurer ANCYL, Limpopo (2005-2008);
  • ANC WL PEC member, Limpopo (2008-to-date);
  • REC Member of the ANC Vhembe region (2006-to-date);
  • Member of Parliament of South Africa and the Pan African Parliament (April 2009 – Present); and
  • ANC Whip on Communication Portfolio Committee.

She was one of the seven ANC MPs who were nominated for the ad hoc committee to consider President Jacob Zuma‘s submissions on the public protector’s report on his Nkandla home.

Muthambi holds a B Proc from the University of Venda (1993-1996), and various other certifications and qualifications from UPTA, Wits Business School and UNIVEN.

Industry comment about Faith Muthambi

DA MP Marian Shinn said that Faith Muthambi has extensive ICT knowledge through her work on the portfolio committee.

“I found her to be a person of integrity. She has a sharp legal mind and is disinclined to take explanations and glossy presentations at face value,” said Shinn. “She will do well as Minister of Communications and I wish her well.”

World Wide Worx MD Arthur Goldstuck said that Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams gives some continuity in the communications department, but that seems to be the only obvious positive in the communications appointments.

Media reports about Faith Muthambi

There are numerous reports regarding Muthambi, most of which come from Louis Trichardt based newspaper, Zoutpansberger.

Speech by Hon. Faith Muthambi on the occasion of GCIS Budget Vote

It is with great pleasure that I address this house on the occasion of Government Communications (GCIS) Budget Vote which will be turning 15 years on the 18 May 2013.

Court withdraws fraud case against Faith Muthambi

The Makhado District Court has withdrawn the case of fraud against the Makhado Municipal Manager, Ms Faith Muthambi.

Defamation case against newspapers suffers setback

The defamation case of a former municipal manager of the Makhado Municipality, Ms Faith Muthambi, suffered a setback last week when the case was struck off the High Court roll and she was ordered to pay costs to the second defendant, Zoutnet Publishers.

Faith is a new member of parliament

Controversial Makhado municipal manager Ms Faith Muthambi is moving up in the political world with the news that she was inaugurated as a Member of Parliament on Wednesday.

Muthambi to remain in the hot chair?

The faction supporting the municipal manager of the Makhado Municipality, Ms Faith Muthambi, emerged as winners when they walked out of a special council meeting held at the end of last month.

Municipal Manager threatened with death

A week after she buried her younger sister, the municipal manager of the Makhado Municipality, Ms Faith Muthambi, has received two letters containing death threats.

Municipal Manager faces charge of fraud

Less than a year after the suspension and subsequent resignation of the town’s municipal manager, the newly appointed municipal manager [Faith Muthambi] now also faces prosecution.

Municipal boss suspended on fraud and nepotism charges

A LIMPOPO municipal manager’s perceived generosity towards contractors and family members got her suspended on tender fraud charges this week. Makhado municipal manager Faith Muthambi was suspended this week for allegedly overpaying a company – reportedly owned by a boyfriend – for a road construction project it failed to execute.

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