Naledi Grace Mandisa Pandor
Minister of Science and Technology
Date of Birth: 07/12/1953
Place of Birth: Durban
Biography: Teacher, Seepapitso Secondary School, Botswana, 1981-84; Vice-Chairperson, Alpha Early Learning Centre, 1987-88; Co-ordinator, English for academic purposes: University of Cape Town, 1989-91; Chairperson, African National Congress Athlone Branch, 1991-92; Assistant Director, Academic Support Programme: University of Cape Town, 1992-93; Executive Director, Desmond Tutu Educational Trust, 1993-94; Chairperson, National Council of Provinces, Cape Town, 1999-04; Minister, Department of Education, 2004-09; Minister of Science and Technology, 2009 to date.
Commentary: One of 9 women in Thabo Mbeki's 2004 cabinet and the granddaughter of the late ANC President, Z.K. Matthews. She is married to Sharif Pandor, who recieved payments of nearly R1 mn. from Brett Kebble, who was murdered in 2007.