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Biography

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

Media Statements

23 August 2016 Statement of the African National Congress following the constitution of governments in municipalities across the country
1 August 2016 Statement of the African National Congress on the state of readiness for the 2016 Local Government Elections
26 February 2016 ANC has full confidence in the Minister of Finance
30 November 2015 Statement of the African National Congress following the meeting of the National Executive Committee held on the 27th - 28th November 2015
22 October 2015 Meeting with the Progressive Youth Alliance
8 October 2015 Statement of the African National Congress ahead of the 4th National General Council to be held on the 8th to the 11th October 2015
21 September 2015 Statement of the African National Congress following the National Executive Committee Meeting held on the 18th to the 20th September 2015
30 March 2015 Statement following the National Executive Committee Meeting held on the 27th to the 29th March 2015
29 January 2015 Statement following the NEC Lekgotla held on the 25th - 28th January 2015
21 December 2014 Year end statement - Advancing the ideals of The Freedom Charter
24 November 2014 Statement following the NEC meeting
10 November 2014 Reaction to the developments in COSATU
20 September 2014 ANC NEC statement on recent developments in Parliament
21 August 2014 The South African Parliament Form
15 August 2014 The passing of Elizabeth Mbatha
13 August 2014 DA is preparing the ground for their failure in 2016
11 August 2014 ANC statement on matters relating to Cde Pallo Jordan
31 July 2014 Statement on meeting with SAJBD & SAZF
29 July 2014 ANC statement following National Working Committee Meeting held on the 28th July 2014
8 June 2014 Statement following NEC Meeting & Lekgotla held 5th to 7th June 2014
6 June 2014 The Global Watch - say no to racism and discrimination in sport
25 May 2014 The appointment of the Cabinet
31 March 2014 African National Congress NEC statement
20 March 2014 Statement following release of Public Protector Final Report into security upgrades in Nkandla
13 March 2014 Response to the distortions by Mail & Guardian
21 January 2014 ANC National Working Committee statement following its meeting held on the 20th January 2014
4 November 2013 The Public Protector Interim Report on Inkandla
29 September 2013 NEC Statement
17 September 2013 The ANC establishes a task team to interact with COSATU
9 July 2013 ANC wishes Muslim community well over fasting period
30 April 2013 The landing at Waterkloof
6 March 2013 Response to SADTU call for minister of basic education to resign
26 February 2013 Statement on the ANC National Officials meeting with the ANC Youth League
15 January 2013 The ANC statement on the first National Executive Committee meeting held on the 11th January 2013
9 January 2013 ANC statement on the state of readiness for celebrations of 101 year celebration of the ANC
4 December 2012 ANC media statement on the outcome of the NEC Meeting
22 October 2012 ANC statement on nominations
5 October 2012 Statement on the developments in the Mining Industry
17 September 2012 Statement of the National Executive Committee: 14-15 September, 2012
29 August 2012 Statement by the ANC Secretary General, Cde Gwede Mantashe, at the XXIV Socialist International Congress
29 August 2012 ANC SG distance himself from Botswana Gazzette media report about BNF
27 August 2012 Special ANC NEC Statement
3 July 2012 ANC statement after its meeting with ANCVL
25 June 2012 ANC Statement on Policy Conference state of readiness
20 June 2012 ANC statement on the meeting between the National Officials and Provincial Officials of the North West
12 June 2012 Statement of the ANC Special NEC meeting of 11 June 2012
26 April 2012 Joint statement of the ANC and COSATU on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and e-tolling system
25 March 2012 Media statement of the National Executive Committee meeting held on the 23-24 March 2012
6 February 2012 ANC National Executive Committee Statement
28 November 2011 ANC National Executive Committee meeting statement
5 September 2011 Statement of ANC National Working Committee
23 August 2011 ANC statement on the special NEC held in Tshwane on the 19th – 22nd August 2011
8 August 2011 Statement of the National Officials of the African National Congress
3 August 2011 The ANC clarifies its International Relations Policy
19 July 2011 ANC statement on the outcomes of the NEC Lekgotla held at the St George Hotel 14 – 17 July 2011
7 June 2011 ANC Honours Mama Sisulu
24 May 2011 Statement of the NWC on the 2011 Local Government Elections outcomes
13 April 2011 Statement on the finding of the Constitutional Court in the Robert McBride Versus citizen newspaper case
11 April 2011 ANC statement on the meeting of the officials
5 April 2011 ANC statement on the Eastern Cape and the List process
8 March 2011 ANC National Working Committee media statement
22 February 2011 ANC affirms newly elected leadership in the Western Cape and North West
12 February 2011 ANC wishes Rebecca Kotane a Happy 99th Birthday
31 January 2011 The ANC distances itself from owning a nightclub
17 January 2011 Statement of the ANC Lekgotla held on the 12th - 14th January
5 January 2011 Mantashe calls on traditional leaders to work with the ANC
8 November 2010 Comrade Keith Khoza becomes ANC Head of Communications
2 November 2010 NWC statement following its meeting held on 1 November 2010
19 October 2010 ANC pays tribute to veteran journalists on Press Freedom Day
16 September 2010 ANC express it`s condolences to the Mthembu family, family of the ANC National spokesperson
6 September 2010 Special National Executive Committee Statement
12 July 2010 ANC welcomes Cde Masoga Withdrawal of legal action against the ANCYL
22 June 2010 National Working Committee statement
16 May 2010 ANC NEC statement 14-16 May 2010
3 November 2009 ANC NWC statement on the visit to Mpumalanga Province
24 October 2009 ANC signs a Memorandum of understanding with the Sudan People`s Liberation Movement
23 October 2009 ANC statement on Comrade Kader Asmal
23 October 2009 ANC appalled by SADTU strike threat in Soweto
31 August 2009 ANC NWC Statement
4 August 2009 ANC NWC Media Statement
8 May 2009 Statement on deployment of ANC National chairperson
1 December 2008 ANC statement by Gwede Mantashe on the death of Dr Nthato Motlana
18 November 2008 Mpshe`s irresponsible statements to the media by Gwede Mantashe
3 September 2008 ANC launches campaign to promote an inclusive South Africa
19 June 2008 ANC mourns the passing of Brian Bunting
18 February 2016 March for Unity, Non-Racialism and Democracy to be held on the 19 February 2016
5 February 2016 ANC Pays homage to Fort Hare University on occasion of its centenary
28 January 2016 Statement following the NEC Lekgotla held from the 25th to the 27th January 2016
22 September 2014 Statement of the ANC National Executive Committee following meeting held 19-21 September 2014
28 June 2014 Statement of the ANC following the NEC meeting and the NEC Lekgotla on the 05th to the 07th June, 2014
3 December 2013 ANC National Officials statement following an Officials Meeting
3 December 2013 Statement following an officials meeting held from 1st to 2nd December 2013
20 May 2013 ANC NEC meeting held on the 17th - 19th May 2013
11 April 2013 The appointment of the National Task Team of the ANCYL
4 February 2013 ANC statement on the NEC meeting and NEC Lekgola
18 January 2013 ANC NEC statement on the Election of the National Working Committee
30 July 2012 ANC NEC Annual Lekgotla Statement
18 June 2012 ANC statement on the North West Province
13 March 2012 ANC National Working Committee Statement
15 July 2011 Message from the Secretary General
29 May 2011 ANC NEC media statement
22 March 2011 ANC has begun to register its candidates
10 February 2011 ANC welcomes state of the Nation Address
1 December 2010 ANC statement on the Provincial and Local Government Summit and Elections Preparations
9 November 2009 Statement of the ANC National Executive Committe
29 May 2009 ANC NEC Press Statement
18 December 2008 ANC gears up to attain victory in the upcoming 2009 election
23 September 2008 Statement by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on continuity in Government

Miscellaneous Documents

8 October 2015 Draft Programme for 4th ANC NGC

Speeches

8 October 2014 Address by the Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, to the Johannesburg Mining Indaba
2 August 2013 Address by Gwede Mantashe, delivered at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North West University
25 July 2013 Input by Secretary General Gwede Mantashe on ANC Policies and the NDP at Wits University
1 May 2013 ANC Secretary General May Day Rally address
24 January 2013 Address of the Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe, on the occasion of the Brian Bunting Memorial Lecture

Letters

27 April 2011 Response to the open letter to the ANC by the Afrikanerbond

Reports

20 September 2010 NGC 2010: Report on the State of the Organisation by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe