Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women
Susan Shabangu, Ms
Date of Birth: 28 February 1956.
Ms Susan Shabangu is the Minister in the Presidency responsible for Women with effect from 25 May 2014. Previously she was the Minister of Mineral Resources of the Republic of South Africa since from 11 May 2009 till 24 May 2014.
She has been a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Working Committee since December 2007 and a member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC.
Ms Shabangu attended Madibane High School in Soweto in 1977.
Ms Shabangu has been involved in the anti-apartheid struggle serving in various capacities.
She was one of the women who led the revival of the Federation of South African (FEDSAW) during the time of high repression in the late 1978, leading up to the formation of the Federation of Transvaal Women (FEDTRAW), Natal Women’s Organisation (NOW), Port Elizabeth Women’s Organisation (PEWO) and UWCO. She became the assistant secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women. In 1981 she was an active member of the Anti-Republic Campaign Committee and she was involved in the formation of the Release Mandela Campaign Committee (RMC) in 1982.
Ms Shabangu was an Organiser and Administrator for the Amalgamated Black Worker's Project from 1984 to 1985; a representative of the Transport and General Worker's Union at the Industrial Council; and a National Women's Co-ordinator for the Transport and General Workers Union (T&G) . She was also a member of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) National Women's Sub-Committee working with women's issues and representing the T&G on National level. She was involved in the voter education programme with COSATU National Election Task Team aimed at workers during the election campaign.
She served in the ANC National Election Steering Committee and was elected at a COSATU Special Congress as a regional candidate to the National Assembly in 1994. Ms Shabangu was an Advisor to the September Commission assigned to look at the future of the unions during transitional stage and later she became a member of Parliament. She has actively participated in committees such as Labour, Transport and Trade and Industry during that period.
Ms Shabangu also served in the ANC East Rand PCO Management Committee from 1995 to 1996. She has served as a Deputy Minister for Minerals and Energy from April 1996 to April 2004 and as a Deputy Minister for Safety and Security from April 2004 to May 2009 in the Republic of South Africa; before being appointed the Minister of Mineral Resource. She has also served as a Vice-Chairperson of the National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI) and as a National Treasurer of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO).