The qualifications of South Africa’s ministers

South Africa’s ministers are crucial to the functioning of the country, but their competency is often called into question.

Besides their performance and that of their departments, a measure of a minister’s ability is often linked to their education achievements.

This point is often raised when looking at the poor performance of South Africa under former President Jacob Zuma, which was attributed in part to his lack of formal education.

Party leaders

MyBroadband previously looked into the qualifications of South Africa’s top political party leaders and found there were various qualifications among them – ranging from a doctorate to a matric certificate.

ANC leader and South African president Cyril Ramaphosa has a BProc degree, while his strongest rivals Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema boast Master’s and Honours degrees respectively.

The qualifications of South Africa’s ministers

MyBroadband has now taken this investigation a step further by looking into the qualifications of of South Africa’s current ministers.

Again, the qualifications of these politicians range from doctorates to matric certificates – but on the whole, South Africa’s ministers seem to be fairly well qualified.

South Africa’s ministers and their qualifications are detailed below.

Qualifications of South African Ministers
Minister Department Qualification
Aaron Motsoaledi Health Bachelor’s Degree of Medicine and Surgery 
Angie Motshekga Basic Education Masters Degree in Educational Science
Ayanda Dlodlo Public Service & Administration Postgraduate Qualifications in Management Development, Business Management, and Executive Development Programmes
Bathabile Dlamini Women Bachelor’s Degree in Social Studies
Bheki Cele Police Diploma in Teaching
Blade Nzimande Transport Doctorate in Philosophy specialising in Sociology 
Derek Hanekom Tourism Matric Certificate
Dipuo Letsatsi-Dube State Security Diplomas in Political Science and Mass Communication
Ebrahim Patel Economic Development Bachelor of the Arts Degree
Gugile Nkwinti Water and Sanitation Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management
Gwede Mantashe Mineral Resources Masters Degree in Commerce
Jeff Radebe Energy B.Juris Degree, LLM in International Law
Lindiwe Sisulu International Relations and Cooperation Masters Degrees in History and Philosophy
Lindiwe Zulu Small Business Development Masters Degree in Journalism
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Rural Development and Land Reform Undisclosed
Michael Masutha Justice and Correctional Services BJuris Degree, LLB Degree 
Mildred Oliphant Labour Certificates in Macroeconomics and Project Management
Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane Science and Technology Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology
Naledi Pandor Higher Education and Training Masters Degrees in Education and General Linguistics
Nathi Mthethwa Arts and Culture Diploma in Community Development
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Bachelor’s Degree in Zoology and Botany, and Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)
Nomaindia Mfeketo Human Settlements Honorary Doctorate of Law
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Defence Diploma in Primary School Teaching
Nomvula Mokonyane Environmental Affairs Post-Matric Certificates in Emerging Economics, Economics and Finance, and Project Planning
Pravin Gordhan Public Enterprises Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy
Rob Davies Trade and Industry Doctorate in Political Studies
Senzeni Zokwana Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Undisclosed
Siyabonga Cwele Home Affairs Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) and Masters Degree in Philosophy specialising in Economic Policy
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams Communications Diploma in Telecommunications and Management Systems
Susan Shabangu Social Development Matric Certificate
Tito Mboweni Finance Masters Degree in Development Economics
Thulas Nxesi Public Works Bachelor’s Degree in Education 
Tokozile Xasa Sport and Recreation Masters Degree in Public Administration 
Zweli Mkhize Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBChB)


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