Lindiwe Sisulu to steer SA foreign policy

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

South Africa has a new Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.

Lindiwe Sisulu was announced as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in a Cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa last night, having been moved from the Human Settlements position she has held since 2014.

She has been a Member of Parliament since 1994 and has been the chairperson of the inaugural African Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development since 2005.

Minister Sisulu is a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) and a member of the National Working Committee of the ANC. She was a trustee of the South African Democracy Education Trust; trustee of the Albertina and Walter Sisulu Trust; and a member of the Board of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

She was born in Johannesburg on 10 May 1954, to struggle stalwart and ANC veterans Walter and Albertina Sisulu.

Minister Sisulu completed her General Certificate of Education (GCE) Cambridge University Ordinary Level at St Michael's School in Swaziland in 1971, and GCE Cambridge University Advanced Level in 1973, also in Swaziland.

She holds a Master of Arts Degree in History from the Centre for Southern African Studies of the University of York and an M Phil also from the Centre for Southern African Studies of the University of York obtained 1989 with the thesis topic: “Women at Work and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa”.

Minister Sisulu also holds a BA Degree, a BA Honours Degree in History and a Diploma in Education from the University of Swaziland.

As South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Minister Sisulu is entrusted with the formulation, promotion and execution of South Africa’s foreign policy, taking overall responsibility for all aspects of South Africa’s international relations in consultation with the President.

She leads one of the biggest contingents of diplomats, with 125 diplomatic missions in 107 countries located in all corners of the world. – SAnews.gov.za

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