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Candith Mashego-Dlamini

Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Mashego-Dlamini in 2022
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
Assumed office
29 May 2019
Serving with Alvin Botes
PresidentCyril Ramaphosa
MinisterNaledi Pandor
Preceded byReginah Mhaule
Member of the National Assembly
Assumed office
21 May 2014
Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform
In office
26 May 2014 – 25 May 2019
Serving with Mcebisi Skwatsha
PresidentJacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
MinisterGugile Nkwinti
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
Preceded byPam Tshwete
Succeeded byPortfolio abolished
Personal details
Kwati Candith Mashego

(1960-01-01) 1 January 1960 (age 64)
Hazyview, Transvaal
Union of South Africa
SpouseNoah Dlamini
Alma materUniversity of South Africa

Kwati Candith Mashego-Dlamini (born 1 January 1960) is a South African politician from Mpumalanga. She has been the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation since May 2019, and she formerly served as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform from 2014 to 2019.

A teacher by profession, Mashego-Dlamini was a member of the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature from 1994 to 2014 and served in several different portfolios in the Mpumalanga Executive Council. She was elected to the National Assembly in 2014 and was appointed as a deputy minister by President Jacob Zuma. Zuma's successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, appointed her to her current position after the 2019 general election.

Mashego-Dlamini is a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and was formerly an office-bearer in the Mpumalanga branch of the ANC Women's League. From 2017 to 2022, she was an elected member of the ANC National Executive Committee.

Early life and career

Mashego-Dlamini was born on 1 January 1960 on a farm in Hazyview in the former Eastern Transvaal.[1] After matriculating at Mshadza High School, she was a temporary teacher at Mganduzweni High School between 1980 and 1981. She went on to complete a teaching diploma and, later, a bachelor's degree at the University of South Africa.[1]

While teaching, she was active in anti-apartheid organisations, including the Federation of South African Women, and in the National Education Union of South Africa, a precursor to the South African Democratic Teachers' Union.[2] She became active in the African National Congress (ANC) during the negotiations to end apartheid, joining the ANC Youth League and ultimately becoming a member of the party's Provincial Executive Committee in the Eastern Transvaal. She also began a decade-long stint as provincial treasurer of the Eastern Transvaal branch of the ANC Women's League.[2]

Provincial government

In South Africa's first post-apartheid elections in 1994, Mashego-Dlamini was elected to represent the ANC in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature, where she served for the next two decades. She also served in the Executive Council of Mpumalanga during that time, initially as Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Health, Welfare and Gender Affairs under Premier Mathews Phosa and then as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment under Premier Ndaweni Mahlangu.[2][3]

She remained in her ANC Women's League office during this period,[4] and, between 1999 and 2002,[3] she served on the ANC National Executive Committee as a co-opted member.[5] Her co-option followed the ANC's 50th National Conference in 1997, at which the Mpumalanga ANC had unsuccessfully attempted to secure her direct election onto the committee.[6] She was also viewed as a possible "dark-horse" contender to succeed Mahlangu as ANC provincial chairperson in 2002,[7] though that position ultimately went to Fish Mahlalela.

Under Premier Thabang Makwetla, who governed Mpumalanga from 2004 to 2009, Mashego-Dlamini held two portfolios: she was appointed as MEC for Public Works in 2004,[8] but she became MEC for Local Government and Housing in a reshuffle in 2007.[9] While she was serving in the latter office, in August 2008, she stood for election as deputy provincial chairperson of the ANC's Mpumalanga branch, but she was defeated by Charles Makola; Makola's candidacy was backed by David Mabuza, who became provincial chairperson at the same elective conference.[10] Unlike Mabuza, Mashego-Dlamini was a supporter of Premier Makwetla and of former ANC president Thabo Mbeki.[11]

Mabuza became Premier of Mpumalanga after the 2009 general election, and Mashego-Dlamini, still perceived as a political threat to him,[12] was not initially appointed to his Executive Council. However, she joined in November 2010, when Mabuza appointed her as MEC for Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration.[13][14] In another reshuffle in July 2013, she became MEC for Health and Social Development,[14] a portfolio which she held until the 2014 general election.[3]

National government

Rural Development and Land Reform: 2014–2019

In the 2014 election, Mashego-Dlamini was nominated to stand for the National Assembly, the lower house of the South African Parliament, and she was elected, ranked 58th on the ANC's national party list.[1] In the aftermath of the election, President Jacob Zuma appointed her as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. She was one of two deputy ministers in the portfolio, the other being Mcebisi Skwatsha.[15]

During this period, at the ANC's 54th National Conference in December 2017, Mashego-Dlamini was directly elected to the ANC National Executive Committee for the first time. She was elected narrowly, ranked 80th of the 80 elected members by number of votes received.[16]

International Relations and Cooperation: 2019–present

Pursuant to the 2019 general election, Mashego-Dlamini was re-elected to the National Assembly and reappointed as a deputy minister: President Cyril Ramaphosa named her as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, serving under Minister Naledi Pandor and alongside Alvin Botes.[17] In this capacity, during a March 2022 parliamentary debate about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Mashego-Dlamini urged "all South Africans not to take sides [in] the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, as this could go against our principles".[18]

Her five-year term on the ANC National Executive Committee ended in December 2022, and she was not re-elected at the party's 55th National Conference.[19][20]

Personal life

She is married to Noah Dlamini, who owns a private security company in Mpumalanga.[21]


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  2. ^ a b c "Candith Mashego-Dlamini, Ms". South African Government. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  3. ^ a b c "Ms Kwati Candith Mashego-Dlamini". Department of International Relations and Cooperation. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  4. ^ "Women's League rebels get a lashing from the regions". The Mail & Guardian. 24 February 1995. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  5. ^ "51st National Conference: Report of the Secretary General". African National Congress. 16 December 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  6. ^ "Mpumalanga ANC punts Phosa for deputy president". The Mail & Guardian. 29 July 1997. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  7. ^ "Scramble for Mpumalanga posts". The Mail & Guardian. 22 March 2002. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  8. ^ "Mpuma premier promises service". News24. 3 May 2004. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  9. ^ "T Makwetla on Cabinet reshuffle". South African Government. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  10. ^ "Mabuza defeats Chiwayo to become ANC boss". Sowetan. 18 August 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  11. ^ "ANC's premier A-list". The Mail & Guardian. 28 November 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  12. ^ "Zuma's premiers". Sunday Times. 3 May 2009. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  13. ^ "Mpumalanga reshuffle: More heads roll". Sunday Times. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  14. ^ a b "Mpuma reshuffle to boost service delivery: Premier". South African Government News Agency. 4 November 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2023.
  15. ^ Hogg, Alec (25 May 2014). "Full List of Jacob Zuma's 2014 cabinet – all the Ministers and Deputies". BizNews. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  16. ^ "The full list of ANC NEC members". EWN. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 20 December 2022.
  17. ^ Nicolson, Greg (29 May 2019). "Ramaphosa cuts Cabinet from 36 to 28 ministers, half of whom are women". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  18. ^ "South Africans should not 'take sides' in Ukraine invasion, DIRCO tells parliament". The Mail & Guardian. 16 March 2022. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  19. ^ "Cabinet reshuffle imminent after more than a dozen ministers, deputies fail to make NEC cut". Sunday Times. 21 December 2022. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  20. ^ Mahlati, Zintle (4 January 2023). "'There is no crisis': Mbalula insists government 'functioning', but presses Ramaphosa for Cabinet shakeup". News24. Retrieved 18 July 2023.
  21. ^ "Victim claims he was kidnapped because of Facebook pic". News24. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 18 July 2023.

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