Businessman Sexwale to head new housing ministry

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pretoria - Tokyo Sexwale has been announced as the Minister of Human Settlements.

Announcing his new Cabinet on Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said the Department of Housing will be called the Department of Human Settlements to take on a more holistic focus.

Going through the list of those who will take up seats in his Cabinet, Mr Zuma said: "Minister of Human Settlements - Tokyo Sexwale."

His Deputy is Zou Kota.

A highly respected businessman, Mr Sexwale has held many senior positions in the African National Congress. He was imprisoned alongside Nelson Mandela on Robben Island were he was expected to serve a life sentence.

As President of South Africa in 1994, Mr Mandela appointed Mr Sexwale as Premier of Gauteng.

In 1998 he left public office and entered the world of business. He formed Mvelapanda Group, a Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed BEE consortium.

He also serves on the board of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee.

Mr Sexwale was named Tokyo because he enjoyed karate as a youngster.

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