Welcome to the personal page of Gwede Mantashe
Born: In the village of Lower Cala in the erstwhile Transkei, now Eastern Cape.
In summary: Husband, Father, Secretary General of the ANC, Member of the Central Committee of the SACP and a Trade Unionist.
Gwede Mantashe began his schooling in Cala and went on to his higher levels at Mantazima High School. He begun his activism in the then Student Christian Movement (SCM). At the time the SCM was pivotal in raising the consciousness of young people in the 1970s at the dawn of liberated Angola and Mozambique.
Mantashe received a B.Comm degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in 1997 and completed his B.Comm Honours degree in 2002. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS), acquired in 2008.
He joined the migratory labour force to eke out a living in the mining industry. Beginning his mining experience at Western Deep Levels mine in 1975 as a Recreation Officer and, in the same year, moved to Prieska Copper Mines where he was Welfare Officer until 1982.
In 1982, Mantashe moved to Matla Colliery where he co-founded and became the Witbank branch chairperson of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), a position he held until 1984. He was then elected NUM Regional Secretary in 1985. In recognition of his skills, Mantashe became the NUM's National Organiser from 1988 to 1993 and its Regional Coordinator between 1993 and 1994.
From 1994 to 1998, Comrade Gwede Mantashe served as the Assistant General Secretary of the NUM, whereupon he was elected as the first worker General Secretary at the union's congress in 1998. He relinquished his position as the General Secretary of the NUM in May 2006 at the union's 12th National Congress.
Between 1995 and 1999, he served as an elected local government councillor in Ekurhuleni, formerly known as the East Rand. In 1995, Mantashe became the first trade unionist to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) listed company, Samancor, a position he still holds today.
In 2006, after leaving the NUM, he was appointed as the Executive Manager: Strategic Initiatives at the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) where he was the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (JIPSA) for a period of two years.
Comrade Gwede Mantashe was elected Chairman of the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 2007, and also served as a member of the Party's Central Committee. At the 52nd National Conference of the ANC in Polokwane, December 2007, Mantashe was elected as the Secretary General of the ANC.
In 2012 at the SACP National Congress, Mantashe stepped down as the Chairman of the SACP. He was however, at the same Congress, elected into the Central Committee of the Party. In the same year, at the 53rd National Conference of the ANC in Mangaung, he was re-elected as the Secretary General of the ANC.
Current Position: Secretary General of the African National Congress, ANC (since 2007)
Document written by Gwede Mantashe
|8 October 2015||Draft Programme for 4th ANC NGC|
|27 April 2011||Response to the open letter to the ANC by the Afrikanerbond|
|20 September 2010||NGC 2010: Report on the State of the Organisation by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe|