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Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology

South Africa
Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology
Blade Nzimande
since 30 May 2019
Department of Higher Education and Training
Department of Science and Technology
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerCyril Ramaphosa
Inaugural holderBlade Nzimande
Formation11 May 2009
DeputyButi Manamela
WebsiteDepartment of Higher Education and Training

The Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology is a Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa, with the responsibility of overseeing the higher education and training components of the Department of Education. Before 10 May 2009 the portfolio formed part of the Ministry of Education, with responsibility for both basic education and higher education, the former now being the responsibility of the Minister of Basic Education.

Ministers with responsibility for Higher Education

Minister Ministry Incumbency Under
Sibusiso Bengu Education 1994-1999 Nelson Mandela
Kader Asmal Education 17 June 1999 - 2004 Thabo Mbeki
Naledi Pandor Education 2004-2008
Education 2008-2009 Kgalema Motlanthe
Blade Nzimande[2] Higher Education and Training 2009-2017 Jacob Zuma
Hlengiwe Mkhize Higher Education and Training October 2017 - 26 February 2018
Naledi Pandor Higher Education and Training 26 February 2018 - 29 May 2019 Cyril Ramaphosa
Blade Nzimande Higher Education, Science and Technology 30 May 2019 - present Cyril Ramaphosa


  1. ^ "Determination salaries and allowances of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers Archived 29 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine", Proclamation No. 3 of 2015.
  2. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
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