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Biography

Kgalema Motlanthe was born on 19 July 1949 in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, to a working class family. Most of his childhood was spent in Alexandra and much of his adult life was spent in Meadowlands, Soweto. In the 1970s, while working for the Johannesburg City Council, he was recruited into Umkhonto we Sizwe. He formed part of a unit tasked with recruiting comrades for military training. The unit was later instructed to transform its function from recruitment to sabotage. While some members of the unit left the country, he and Stan Nkosi remained in the country to establish such a machinery.

Their unit was also involved in smuggling MK cadres in and out of the country via Swaziland. On 14 April 1976 they were arrested for furthering the aims of the ANC and were kept in detention for 11 months at John Vorster Square in central Johannesburg. In 1977 he was found guilty of three charges under Terrorism Act and sentenced to an effective 10 years imprisonment on Robben Island. After his release in 1987, he was tasked with strengthening the union movement. Motlanthe worked for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) in charge of education. Among other things, he was involved in training workers to form shopsteward committees. In 1992 he was elected NUM General Secretary. He was instrumental in negotiating a deal for mineworkers under which their wage increases would be pegged to productivity at a time when the gold price was low, and the industry was closing marginal mines. This deal helped to avert massive retrenchments in the sector. He was involved in the establishment of the Mineworkers Investment Company (MIC), which was wholly owned by the Mineworkers Investment Trust, with seed capital of R3 million. This has proven to be one of the best examples of effective economic empowerment in the country.

During his tenure, NUM established the JB Marks Education Trust, which provided bursaries to mineworkers and their dependants, and a resident trade union school called the Elijah Barayi Memorial Training Centre, located in Yeoville, Johannesburg. He was also involved in establishing the Mineworkers Development Agency, which focused on the developmental needs of ex-mineworkers, their dependants and communities. While in NUM he served on the Miners' International Federation, and was involved in exchange programmes with the United Mineworkers of Australia. When the ANC was unbanned in 1990, he was put in charge of re-establishing the legal structures of the organisation in the PWV region and was elected its first chairperson. He often travelled around the country with Walter Sisulu visiting violence flashpoints.

He was elected unopposed as the Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1997 and was re-elected in 2002. Among other things, his responsibilities included the development of party-to-party relations in the region, across the countries of the South, and around the world. In December 2007 he was elected ANC Deputy President at its 52nd National Conference in Polokwane. In July 2008 he was appointed Minister in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa, and on 25 September 2008 was sworn in as South Africa’s third democratically elected President. "On 11 May 2009 Kgalema Motlanthe was sworn in as Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa"

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Speeches

24 March 2013 Address by Deputy President of SA Kgalema Motlanthe at the World TB Day, Pollsmoor Management Centre
8 March 2013 Tribute to Amina Cachalia by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
10 December 2012 Remarks for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion to mark the end of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children Campaign
30 August 2012 Welcoming address by Deputy President of the ANC Kgalema Motlanthe during the 24th Congress of the Socialist International
3 August 2012 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the celebration of the second Anniversary of Lead South Africa
14 July 2012 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the South African Communist Party`s 91st Celebratory Gala Dinner
17 April 2012 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the opening of the Ninth International Mining History Congress
29 March 2012 Remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the opening of the Maponya Motor City, Toyota and Volkswagen Barloworld Dealerships
24 March 2012 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during World TB Day
16 March 2012 Remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the Occasion of the Freedom Park Corporate Nexus Cocktail
14 March 2012 Opening Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the SA Legislative Sector`s International Consultative Forum
23 February 2012 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the National Teaching Awards Gala Dinner
10 February 2012 Speaking Notes of Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the ANC Youth League Annual Lekgotla
27 January 2012 Public Lecture Entitled `Reflections on the Centenary of the African National Congress (ANC)` Delivered by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
12 December 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Closing of 16 Days of Activism on No Violence Against Women and Children
12 December 2011 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the 15th Anniversary of the Passing of the Constitution at the Constitutional Hill
6 December 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Land Day 5 Event of the United nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Rio Pavilion, UNFCCC COP17
1 December 2011 Remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the Occasion of Launch of the National Strategic Plan 2012-2016
27 November 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of Walk the Future, 4km Walk to Raise Awareness against Climate Change
21 November 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the Sport and Recreation Indaba
18 November 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe titled "Reflections on Key Global & Local Economic Events" at the Gordon Institute of Business Science
4 November 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the Occasion of the Launch of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health Programme
20 October 2011 Remarks by Deputy President Motlanthe at the opening of the 7th South African - Swedish Binational Commission
14 October 2011 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the Monash University Leadership Awards Evening, Roodeport
4 October 2011 Welcoming remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdooan
4 October 2011 Remarks by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the South Africa - Turkey Business Forum
28 September 2011 Lecture delivered by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe at the China Executive Leadership Academy
24 September 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Heritage Day 2011
2 September 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the 16th National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) Annual Summit
23 August 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 13th Annual General Conference of the Electoral Commissions Forum for the SADC Region
17 August 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Annual Ruth First Memorial Lecture, School of Journalism
4 August 2011 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the adoption of Memezelo Secondary School by Alexander Forbes
3 August 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the National Women`s Conference
30 July 2011 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe`s address at the closing of the Moral Regeneration Movement Month Closing Ceremony
22 July 2011 Opening Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Education International Sixth World Congress
30 June 2011 Eulogy by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Memorial Service of Professor Kader Asmal
8 June 2011 Speech by the Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, on the occasion of the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS
30 March 2011 Speaking notes by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the breakfast meeting with the United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC
30 March 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the meeting with the Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC, United States of America
22 March 2011 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the National Council of Provinces
17 March 2011 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Official Launch of Mapungubwe Institute
11 March 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Motor Industry Staff Association (MISA) Executive Round Table Breakfast
1 March 2011 Remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the launch of the HIV Counselling and Testing Campaign
4 February 2011 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the official launch of University of Johannesburg`s Soweto Campus
10 December 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 3rd National Congress of the Young Communist League (YCL) of South Africa
1 December 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the 25th Anniversary celebration of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
29 November 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occassion of the Department of Basic Education`s breakfast with business
6 October 2010 Kgalema Motlanthe`s response to Toast remarks at the official dinner
6 October 2010 Remarks by Kgalema Motlanthe at a Meeting with the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung
20 September 2010 Abridged version of address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, introduced by ANC Treasurer General Dr Mathews Phosa, at a PBF business breakfast, 3rd ANC National General Council
15 September 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Investors` Lunch at the Old London Boys Schoolto
15 September 2010 Response by Kgalema Motlanthe at the Reception Hosted by the Lord Mayor of London
15 September 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Post-2010 Media Briefing, South Africa House
11 September 2010 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 15th Nedlac Annual Summit
27 August 2010 Speech by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Magubane at 80 International Conference
23 July 2010 Deputy President Motlanthe`s Speech at the Annual SARS Amakhwezi Awards
18 July 2010 Address by the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the 18th International AIDS Conference
26 May 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the Occasion of the South Africa-Turkey Business Forum in, Istanbul, Turkey
25 May 2010 Opening remarks by Kgalema Motlanthe, Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the official bilateral talks with the Republic of Turkey
25 May 2010 Public lecture by Deputy-President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the 47th Africa Day celebration in Turkey
24 May 2010 Remarks by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on a visit to the 2010 World Cup Legacy Projects in Polokwane, Limpopo Province
12 May 2010 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of The Presidency Budget Vote
25 April 2010 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Association of Commonwealth Universities Conference of Executive Heads
22 April 2010 Address by the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, at a Higher Education Summit
22 April 2010 Address by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Financial Times and International Marketing Council Dinner
14 April 2010 Opening remarks by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of a working visit to Tunisia
10 April 2010 Oration of the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Funeral Service of Dr Molefi Sefularo
9 April 2010 Closing remarks by the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the 6th South Africa-Germany BNC
9 April 2010 Opening remarks by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the 6th South Africa-Germany BNC
8 April 2010 Remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the announcement of a new Hominid Fossil species by the University of Witwatersrand
30 March 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the Economist Conference
18 March 2010 Opening remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe during the official visit by Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen of the Republic of Finland
16 March 2010 Toast remarks by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the dinner hosted for Deputy Prime Minister Maud Olofsson
11 March 2010 Oral replies to questions by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)
9 March 2010 Address by the Deputy President, Kgalema Motlanthe at his Installation Ceremony as Chancellor of the University of Venda
1 March 2010 Keynote address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of the Gala Dinner marking 100 Days to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup
12 February 2010 Address by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the breakfast meeting with an international Jewish delegation
1 November 2009 Speech at the End Conscription Campaign`s 25th Anniversary Celebration Thanksgiving Service
21 August 2009 Address During SANAC women`s sector HIV Prevention for Women and Girls Summit
27 April 2009 Address at the Freedom Day Celebrations
14 March 2009 Address at the NUMSA Job Security Conference
12 March 2009 Response by President Motlanthe to the Debate of the National House of Traditional Leaders
8 February 2009 Remarks after attending a service in the Groote Kerk, of the Dutch Reformed Church
6 February 2009 State of the Nation Address of the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, to the joint sitting of Parliament
31 January 2009 Speech by President Motlanthe on the First Annual Progress Report
24 January 2009 Speech by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the handover of the new building for the Ahmed Baba Institute
23 January 2009 Speech by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the opening of the World Conference on Constitutional Justice
3 January 2009 Oration by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the funeral service of the late Cleopas Mododa Nsibande
16 December 2008 Address by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, on the ocassion of the Day of Reconciliation
11 December 2008 Remarks by President Motlanthe to designated Heads of Mission at Credentials Ceremony, Presidential Guesthouse
10 December 2008 Speech by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, on the Occasion of 16 Days of no Violence Against Women and Children Closing Ceremony
8 December 2008 Address to the Nation by President Kgalema Motlanthe on the removal of Advocate VP Pikoli from office as National Director of Public Prosecutions
6 December 2008 Oration by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe at the Funeral Service of the late Dr. Nthato Harrison Motlana
2 December 2008 Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the 13th NEDLAC Annual Summit
28 November 2008 Address by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe on the Occasion of the Intelligence Day Musanda
20 November 2008 Lecture by President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, on the Fifth ZK Matthews Memorial Lecture
15 November 2008 Input made by President Kgalema Motlanthe at the G-20 Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy
15 November 2008 Oration by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, during the funeral service of Miriam Zenzile Makeba
9 November 2008 Welcome remarks of the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the official opening of the SADC Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Organ
7 November 2008 Address by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, to the National Council of Provinces (NCOP)
6 November 2008 Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe at the 4th FEDUSA National Congress
31 October 2008 Toast remarks by President Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of his working visit to the Republic of Congo
29 October 2008 Speech by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, on the occasion of the Annual National Teaching Awards National Ceremony
25 October 2008 Introduction statement by President of South Africa, Mr. Kgalema Motlanthe, on the topic of resource management and control: Land, at the 1st Extraordinary Summit of the African Peer Review (APR) Forum
22 October 2008 Address by South African President Kgalema Motlanthe at the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Summit
15 October 2008 Remarks by President Motlanthe on the occasion of the 3rd IBSA Summit
15 October 2008 Address by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, at the 3rd IBSA Summit Dialogue Forum on Connectivity through Transport
15 October 2008 Observations on Sectoral IBSA Reports by His Excellency, South African President Kgalema Motlanthe, during the 3rd IBSA Summit
7 October 2008 Address by President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe at the Onderstepoort Centenary Celebrations
28 September 2008 Address to the Nation by President Kgalema Motlanthe
25 September 2008 First address of the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, in the National Assembly
25 September 2008 Acceptance speech by Kgalema Motlanthe on the occasion of his election as President of The Republic of South Africa
17 September 2008 Address by ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI) Congress
10 September 2008 Address by ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the 64th Anniversary of the ANC Youth League
22 May 2008 Address by ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to the International Media Forum

Media Statements

28 January 2011 ANC welcomes the pronouncement by government on the health of Cde Nelson Mandela
17 December 2008 Statement by President Kgalema Motlanthe on the SADC`s Humanitarian Assistance to Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo
14 November 2006 ANC statement on recent comments by Judge Hilary Squires
29 August 2005 ANC Secretary General Kgalema Motlanthe's statement on Luthuli House fire
13 July 2005 Alliance statement on discussion document on clothing, textiles and footwear industry by Kgalema Motlanthe & Zwelinzima Vavi
12 March 2004 Response to DA request for a debate
26 October 2001 Sinn Fein`s decision to decommission a quantity of its weapons
4 March 1999 Decision of the TRC Amnesty Committee
15 February 1999 ANC statement on its list of candidates for Legislatures
27 October 1998 ANC Secretary-General on leaked TRC document

Letters

4 February 2010 ANC response to DA leader by Kgalema Motlanthe
18 July 2009 Birthday Message to Madiba from Kgalema Motlanthe
31 December 2008 New Year message to the Nation by the President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe
8 February 2007 ANC statement on visit to Bolivia
7 June 2004 ANC Secretary General on City Press Report by Kgalema Motlanthe
23 March 2004 Message of condolence to Lekota family
9 February 1999 Secretary General on Mpumalanga

Reports

17 December 2007 52nd National Conference: Organisational Report
30 June 2005 National General Council 2005: Organisational Report by Secretary General Kgalema Motlanthe
16 December 2002 51st National Conference: Report of the Secretary General

Articles

31 August 2001 Hambe Kahle, Govan Mbeki
28 May 1998 The Struggle for Democracy is not over
20 May 1998 A two thirds majority: The New Swart Gevaar
13 May 1998 Opposition parties must learn to tolerate criticism