Pamela Tshwete is the first Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation of the Republic of South Africa, a position she was appointed to on 26 May 2014 by the President of the Republic of South Africa.
The Deputy Minister hails from Peelton, a rural village in King Williams Town, in the Eastern Cape where she shaped her political career and participated in community struggles until she left the country for exile. Currently, she holds various senior positions in the African National Congress as a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).
Prior to joining the new Department, Ms Tshwete served passionately as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. Here she worked tirelessly to provide land and farming resources to women in disadvantaged rural communities.
The Deputy Minister is an experienced Parliamentarian, and during her terms in the National Parliament of South Africa, she served as a Whip of the Portfolio Committee for the Joint Monitoring Committee on the Improvement of the Quality of Life and Status of Women. In addition to this, she served as the Whip of the Health Portfolio Committee and later became the Whip of the Social Development Portfolio Committee.
The Deputy Minister’s areas of political interest are in support of access to water, dignified sanitation, and the intersection between social development and public health care. The Deputy Minister holds a Nursing Diploma with many years of experience in primary health care. She has also received training in advanced courses in public administration offered by the National Parliament of South Africa.
The Deputy Minister’s vision for the Department of Water and Sanitation is to provide coordinated provision of water and sanitation services to underprivileged communities.