Roy Padayachie


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Jan 5, 2009
Radhakrishna Roy L. Padayachie has been Deputy Minister of Communications of the Republic of South Africa since 29 April 2004.

Career/Memberships/Positions/Other Activities

Undertook consultancy work as a Business Development Specialist and Economic and Business *Development advisor/consultant to small, medium and micro enterprises (1999 - 2004).
Between 1980 to 1999 the Deputy Minister was involved in the following fields:
Project Director of Community Education Development Trust, an agency that promotes Early *Childhood Development (ECD) and Community Development.
Project Director of World Bank study project on ECD.
Principal Consultant and Director: National Information campaign on ECD for national Ministry of Education.
Consultant to Minister of Education, Minister S Bhengu.
Consultant to UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank.
Trustee of the Transitional National Development Trust (TNDT) serving on its Audit and Finance *Committees and its Policy Advisory Group for the establishment of the National Development Agency (NDA).
Research chemist at Shell chemical (1979 - 1980).
Microbiologist at Reckitt and Colman (1976 - 1979).
Formulations chemist at Plascon Evans Paints (1974 - 1979).
Joined the African National Congress (ANC) (1972).
Served as Executive Member of the Natal Indian Congress.
Executive Committee member of the United Democratic Front in KwaZulu-Natal.
Served in the Economics Desk of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal and as Deputy head of local government portfolio.


Deputy Minister Padayachie holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree from the University of Durban-Westville, with Chemistry and Microbiology as majors, and a Masters of Science (MSc) degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of London, majoring in Business Management and Marketing.

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Roy Padayachie was appointed Communications Minister on 31 October 2010.

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Roy Padayachie served as the Minister of Public Service and Administration. He has previously served as the Minister of Communications. He was the former Deputy Minister for Public Service and Administration from 2009 to 2010.

Padayachie passed away on 5 May 2012.