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South Africa
Minister of Employment and Labour
  • 10 other official names:
  • Minister van Arbeid (Afrikaans)
  • uNgqongqotjhe wezabaSebenzi (Southern Ndebele)
  • UMphathiswa lezaBasebenzi (Xhosa)
  • Indvuna Wezabasebenzi (Zulu)
  • Indvuna Letetisebenti (Swazi)
  • Tona ya Bašomi (Northern Sotho)
  • Letona la tsa Mesebetsi (Sotho)
  • Tona la Bodiri (Tswana)
  • Holobye ya Vatirhi (Tsonga)
  • Minisiṱa wa Mishumo (Venda)
Thulas Nxesi
since 30 May 2019
Department of Labour
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderFrederic Creswell
Formation19 June 1924
DeputyBoitumelo Moloi
WebsiteDepartment of Labour

The Minister of Employment and Labour is a Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa.

List of Past Ministers

Minister of Labour, 1924-1935

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
Frederic Creswell 19 June 1924 1925 LP J.B.M. Hertzog
(I) (II)
Thomas Boydell 1925 14 June 1929
Frederic Creswell 14 June 1929 17 May 1933
Adriaan Fourie 17 May 1933 1935 UP J.B.M. Hertzog

Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, 1935-1937

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
Adriaan Fourie 1935 1936 UP J.B.M. Hertzog
J.F.H. Hofmeyer 1936 1937

Minister of Labour, 1937-1976

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
J.F.H. Hofmeyer 1937 18 May 1938 UP J.B.M. Hertzog
(III) (IV)
Harry Lawrence 18 May 1938 5 September 1939
Walter Madeley 5 September 1939 1945 LP Jan Smuts
(takes office after Hertzog resignation)
Jan Smuts
C.F. Steyn 1945 26 May 1948 UP
B.J. Schoeman 26 May 1948 1954 HNP D.F. Malan
(I) (II)
Jan de Klerk 1954 8 October 1961
NP Strydom
Hendrik Verwoerd
(takes office after Strydom's death)
A.E. Trollip 8 October 1961 30 March 1966 NP Hendrik Verwoerd
(I) (II)
Marais Viljoen 30 March 1966 1976
B.J. Vorster
(takes office after Verwoerd's death)
NP B.J. Vorster
(I) (II)

Minister of Manpower Utilisation, 1976-1994

Name Portrait Term Party President
(since 1984)
S.P. Botha 1976 15 November 1983 NP B.J. Vorster
(II) (III)
NP P.W. Botha
(I) (II)
Unknown 15 November 1983 6 September 1989
Gene Louw 6 September 1989 1992 NP F.W. de Klerk
Unknown 1992 10 May 1994

Minister of Labour, 1994-2019

Name Portrait Term Party President
Tito Mboweni
10 May 1994 14 June 1999 ANC Nelson Mandela
(Government of National Unity)
Membathisi Mdladlana 14 June 1999 30 October 2010 ANC Thabo Mbeki
(I) (II)
Kgalema Motlanthe
(takes office after Mbeki resigns)
Jacob Zuma
(I) (II)
Cyril Ramaphosa (I)
Mildred Oliphant 1 November 2010 29 May 2019 ANC

Minister of Employment of Labour, 2019-present

Name Portrait Term Party President
Thulas Nxesi 30 May 2019 Present ANC Cyril Ramaphosa


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