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Thembisile Majola
Former Deputy Minister of Energy
South Africa

Ambassador Thembisile Majola is a member of the South African Parliament, She was born in the South Western Township (Soweto), Johannesburg, South Africa. She attended primary and secondary education in Botswana and Zambia and later completed her secondary and tertiary education in Cuba. The Deputy Minister arrived in Cuba in the early 1980's, and completed a Bachelor of Science and a Master's Degree in Civil Engineering at the Camaguey University. Ms Majola also studied languages and is proficient in Spanish, English and Setswana.

Following the completion of her studies, Ambassador Majola worked for and served the following organisations: Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College (SOMAFCO), at Mazimbu, in Tanzania; Umkhonto we Sizwe and received her Military Training in Caculama, in Angola; the Irrigation Scheme Project, in Luanda, in Angola; was the Project Engineer, at Rural Advice Centre, in the Northern Transvaal; served as the Executive Secretary for Women and Development Programme, at the World Council of Churches, in Geneva, Switzerland; was a Consultant at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA); served government in a number of positions including that of Chief Director International Relations and Trade, in the Office of the Deputy President; and as Deputy Director General, for the Presidential Support Unit, in the Presidency.

In 2006 she was appointed Ambassador Extraordinaire at Plenipotentiare to Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, and Gambia & Guinea Bissau and served in this position up to 2008. During 2009, Ambassador Majola was appointed to the position of Deputy Coordinator - Core Business, for the National Intelligence Coordinating Committee. In 2010 the Deputy Minister was appointed as a Consultant in the Office of the Premier, of Gauteng. During 2010 up to 2013 she entered the private sector serving as the Market Development Manager for Africa, at Aurecon, and continued during this as a consultant from March 2013, focusing on infrastructure development on the African continent.

Throughout her youth and various career changes, Ambassador Thembisile Majola has maintained an active participation in the affairs of the ANC and the Woman's movement. Among these are: her attendance in the 1987 ANC Women's Section Conference, in Luanda (Angola); during 1987-1989 she served as the Secretary of the ANC Women's Section for Angola after her military training by Mkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC; in 1989-1990 she participated in the Women's Malibongwe Conference in Amsterdam as part of its organising Committee; and between 1990-1991 she formed part of the ANC Women's Task Force to rebuild the ANC Women's League in Johannesburg, South Africa; she then went to work with an NGO from 1991 to 1993, the Rural Advice Centre (RAC) as one of it's engineers working with communities building sustainable water systems that included building water tanks and reticulation systems across the poor rural areas in the country. She also worked for the World Council of Churches, heading the Women and Economic Justice Programme from 1993-1997.

Ambassador Thembisile joined the Department of Energy as a Deputy Minister on 24 May 2014 following the 5th democratic national elections. She focused her energies on ensuring that universal access to reliable, affordable, accessible modern forms of energy for all is achieved by 2025; on empowerment of women in energy and support for disadvantaged learners to focus on STEM subjects, from high school through tertiary institutions. She participated in many national and international fora focusing on energy policy development and implementation.

 

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