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S.Africa: Energy minister “Nkensani” received by department

Mmamoloko “Nkensani” Kubayi. Image credit: iKNOW Politics

South Africa’s newly identified energy minister, Mmamoloko “Nkensani” Kubayi, was welcomed this week at a ministerial meet and greet by departmental staff.

Speaking at the session was Deputy Minister Ambassador Thembisile Majola, who was joined by Director-General , Thabane Zulu.

Solid team behind the energy minister

Zulu confirmed the support that Kubayi will receive from the team that she now heads, adding that they will rally to deliver on the mandate that she and Deputy Minister Ambassador Thembisile Majola have been given by President Jacob Zuma. Read more…

Zulu and Majola further assured the new minister that the team will continue to work towards entrenching the implementation of the energy mix, which promotes the harnessing of all energy sources for enhanced broadened access, and will bolster the national effort towards radical economic transformation.

According to a statement released by the Department of Energy, Kubayi thanked the attendees for her warm welcome and explained that she felt it was important for her to make the acquaintance of the team as soon as she could.

Unity is key

Kubayi assured officials of her commitment to deliver on the energy mandate in partnership with all role players involved. To this end she has been engaging with the Deputy Minister, DG and executive management team since the day of her appointment.

Minister Kubayi has committed to avail herself to receive full and frank briefings of the DoE’s programmes, achievements, challenges, and work towards solutions where necessary.

Expressing her expectations, of the entire department, the Minister urged all officials to deliver in line with their responsibilities and to work as a team in order to build a strong team that will contribute to the countries growth.

“As a country, South Africa has overcome a lot of obstacles and challenges, and will continue to overcome any other challenges coming our way. Government has not changed but, the Ministers have changed.

“The change should not bring fear to any Team Energy member because, there will be synergy and swift transition in the Department of Energy,” she said.

Political background

Before her appointment as Minister of Energy, Kubayi was the ANC Proportional Representative from 2006-2009 in the City of Johannesburg Metro, the DoE noted.

She went on to serve as a parliamentary counsellor to former-President Kgalema Motlanthe while he served as the Deputy President.

She has also served as the Whip for the Committees of Basic Education, and Higher Education, as well as in the whippery of the majority party in Parliament.

As she takes up her new responsibilities for the Energy mandate, energy minister Kubayi’s most recent legislative responsibility was as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

Prior to her entry into the legislature and government, Minister Kubayi served as a Provincial Executive Council (PEC) member of the Gauteng ANC Youth League. She also worked in the corporate sector during the period 2001 – 2006.

Minister Kubayi is a graduate of Vista University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree, and also holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.