Gwede Mantashe biography: age, son, wife, education, house, net worth and contact details

Gwede Mantashe biography: age, son, wife, education, house, net worth and contact details

Gwede Mantashe is a famous South African politician who is known for his involvement in labour matters. He currently serves as the National Chairperson of the African National Congress. He was the previous Chairperson of the South African Communist Party as well as the ANC Secretary General. Here is everything you need to know about him.

Gwede Mantashe

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Mantashe was made the minister of Mineral Resources in February 2018 when President Ramaphosa reshuffled his cabinet. There is a lot more about the politician that makes him stand out. Read on to discover interesting details about Gwede.

Gwede Mantashe profile summary

  • Full name: Gwede Mantashe
  • Date of birth: 21st June 1955
  • Place of birth: Cala, Eastern Cape
  • Age: 64 years
  • Wife: Nolwandle Mantashe
  • Occupation: Politician

Gwede Mantashe biography

gwede mantashe age

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Gwede's political career may have started when he joined the labour force. He went on to become a great politician away from the mines. The following biography shows details about everything that you need to know about him.

Gwede Mantashe educational qualifications

Gwede attended the University of South Africa (Unisa) in 1997 for his B. Comm degree. He went on to complete the B.Comm Honours degree in 2002. He got his Masters degree in 2008 from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS).

Gwede Mantashe age

Gwede was born on the 21st of June 1955 in Cala, Eastern Cape in South Africa. This makes him 64 years old in 2019.

Gwede Mantashe Family – wife and son

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Gwede is a married man. His wife is known as Nolwandle Mantashe. The two are blessed with children, a son, Buyambo Mantashe, and two daughters named Mbasa Mantashe and Chuma Mantashe.

Gwede's career

Gwede started his political journey when he joined the migratory labour force in the mining industry. He was the Recreation Officer at Western Deep Levels Mine in 1975. He then moved to Prieska Copper Mines to become the Welfare Officer until 1982. He became a co-founder of National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in 1982 and went on to become the Witbank branch chairperson until 1984.

He became the NUM Regional Secretary when he was elected in 1985. He also became the NUM’s National Organizer from 1988 until 1993. He then became the Regional Coordinator between 1993 to 1994.

Gwede became the Assistant General Secretary of the NUM, from 1994 to 1998, when he was elected to become the first worker General Secretary at the union’s congress in 1998. He gave up his General Secretary position back in May 2006 during the union’s 12th National Congress.

He became the Secretary-General of the African National Congress through an election at the party’s 52nd national conference in 2007. Julius Malema wanted Mantashe to resign in February 2010 after Malema was booed during the SA Communist Party’s special conference in Polokwane. However, the National Union of Metalworkers of SA (Numsa) publicly backed Mantashe as mentioned in a statement by the secretary general. “Mantashe is being singled out and targeted because he is a communist,” Numsa general-secretary Irvan Jim said.

Also notable in his career line is:

  • He was the Secretary-General of the National Union of Mineworkers up until their 12th National Conference on May 2006.
  • His appointment in 1995 as part of the board of Directors of Samancor, which is a JSE Limited-listed company.
  • A two-year term as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa).
  • Chairperson of the South African Communist Party until July 2012.
  • He is the current member of the Politburo of the South African Communist Party.

Gwede Mantashe house

Gwede has some Eastern Cape properties. He went on to show the media these properties when allegations emerged sometime back after a Bosasa employee claimed that his properties had been installed with security upgrades costing R300,000. As a way of clearing his name, Mantashe led the media team to his Boksburg home in the East of Johannesburg.

Gwede Mantashe salary

While it is not in public coffers, he may earn a handsome salary just as all ministers do.

Gwede Mantashe net worth

While it is not clear how much he is worth, it is safe to assume that he is worth a significant amount considering his positions. The fact that he owns property also means that he must be worth something significant.

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Gwede Mantashe news

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There is a good amount of Mantashe news recently. The following is a break down of some of the most interesting news about the politician.

Gwede Mantashe suit

Gwede's over-sized grey suit became a point of discussion some time back when he attended the president's SONA meeting in a perfectly fitting suit. The ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula took to social media to talk about it even though none of his colleagues previously mentioned the over-sized suit.

Gwede Mantashe latest news

There are plans to continue looking into the nuclear plans from before as Gwede indicated in his statement,

''It comes back to a resolution we took as a government: not going big bang into nuclear, but going at a pace and price that the country can afford.”
“The fact that we suspected corruption {in previous nuclear deals] doesn’t mean that nuclear is irrelevant for the country in 2019.”

Most South Africans were against the project, as they termed it as unrealistic and very expensive. While President Ramaphosa immediately put plans on hold when he got into leadership. According to the minister, the plan which is titled Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) will be tabled before cabinet in a month but there are no time frames for implementation as talks are still ongoing with the relevant private sectors.

He further said that the main commitment is not towards nuclear energy but to the government not shutting doors to potential energy sources. The minister mentioned that nuclear energy would have to compete with the other sources in the South African market before any consideration is made.

“You can’t just jump from one extreme to the next one. If you switch off all coal-fired power stations in the hope that you will have renewables you will plunge the country into darkness,” he said.

Gwede Mantashe has had an interesting journey politically. His position as the minister of energy is just but a culmination of what he has achieved all through his life.



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