Her qualifications include a Higher National Diploma in Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Education from the University of the North, a Bachelor of Educational Science from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Masters Degree from the same university.
Minister Motshekga started off her career in education as a teacher at Orlando High School in 1981. In 1983, she was appointed as a lecturer at the Soweto College of Education and in 1985 she moved on to join the University of the Witwatersrand in.
In 1994, she became Director in the Office of the President; a position she held until 1997. From 1997 to 2007, Minister Motshekga was Deputy Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC) Womens’ League and since 2001 she has been the Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng.
A member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and a President of the ANC Women’s League since 2007, Minister Motshekga has been a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature since 1999.
She is executive member of the National Education Union of South Africa and a member of the Sediba sa Basadi Trust. She was a member of the Gauteng Executive Council for Social Services and Population Development from 2000 to 2004 and a member of the Gauteng Executive Council for Education since 2004.