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Meet Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

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Meet Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Tina Joemat-Pettersson has held the portfolio of Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries since May 2009 and has been a Member of the National Executive Committee of the ANC since December 2007.

Other positions held by Minister Joemat-Pettersson include Chairperson of the Northern Cape Province Rehabilitation Trust, Chairperson of the South African Communist Party and the ANC Women’s League in the Northern Cape, trustee of the Desmond Tutu Diversity Trust and member of the Northern Cape HIV and AIDS Council.

A passion for education since her youthful years has shaped her role as an activist. As a member of the Azanian Students Organisation during the 1980s, she was an enthusiastic student activist. From there, she moved to become a National Representative for SADTU in the Northern Cape in 1992.

As a stalwart for education Minister Joemat-Pettersson has continued to be a member of the Executive Council for Education since 2003, she is a Trustee of the Education Development Trust, a member of the Democratic Teacher’s Union and is the Acting President of the Association of University English Teachers in South Africa.