Minister of Defence and Military Veterans of the Republic of South Africa
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is a South African politician who was appointed Minister of Defence and Military Veterans by President Jacob Zuma in June 2012.
* Former Minister of Correctional Services of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009.
* Member of Parliament since 2004.
* Member of National Executive Council (NEC) of African National Congress (ANC) since December 2007.
* Matriculated from Mount Arthur High School.
* Obtained Primary Teacher's Diploma from the Bensonvale Teacher TRG College.
* Project Management with Canadian University Studies (CUSO).
* Studying Psychology with the Newport University.
* Obtained basic Human Relations Course.
* Obtained Community Development course.
* Obtained Communications course.
* Theme 3 Core Group Member of the Constitution Making Process since 1994.
* Member of the Joint Standing Committee on Defence since 1994.
* Chairperson of the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence since 1994.
* Assistant Director of the Masazane Open School (a project of the South African Institute of Race Relation-SAIRR)(1982 - 1984).
* Youth Worker with Target Timothy (A project of SANSSA) (1981 - 1982).
* Teacher at St Matthews Teachers' Training College (1979).
* Teacher at Bensonvale Junior Secondary School (1978).
* Trained in Youth Leadership and Community Development (NYLTP).
* Worked with open schools to help students from disadvantaged communities who were matric drop-outs.
* Founder member of the East London Domestic Workers Association (ELDWA) (1982).
* Left the country and underwent military training in Angola and the Soviet Union respectively (1984).
* Member of political and military structures (Soviet Union) (1985).
* Worked with the political military structures (ANC) (1986 - 1988).
* Representative of the ANC Women's section to Pan African Women's Organisation (PAWO) (1988 - 1990).
* Deployed in the country to help rebuild ANC structures (1990).
* Served as Head of Commission set up to investigate desertions of ANC MK members to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Angola (1984).
* National organiser of the ANC Women's League and member of its National Executive (1990 - 1993).
* Secretary-General of the ANC Women's League (1993 - 1995).
* Member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) (1994 - 1997).
* Attended Equality Development and Peace seminar in Nairobi (1985).
* Attended 2nd ANC Consultative seminar in Kabwe (1985).
* Attended PAWO Regional seminar on the emancipation of women in Lusaka (1989).
* Worked closely with women's organisations inside and outside the country.
* Represented the ANC Women's section to the People's Republic of Angola for two years.
* Attended Malibongwe Conference in Amsterdam (1990).
* Attended World Racism conference in Durban (2001).
* Deputy Chairperson of ANC Political Committee and Chief Whip of majority party (2001).
* Deputy Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa (6 May 2002 - 28 April 2004).
* Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa (29 April 2004 - 10 May 2009).
* Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa until 10 May 2009.
* President of African National Congress Women League (ANCWL) (2003 - 3 July 2008).
Source: Ministry of Home Affairs/Wikipedia