Balindlela Nosimo

Nosimo Balindlela
Nosimo Balindlela

Nosimo Balindlela, was born on the 28th November 1949 in Middledrift, Eastern Cape. Nosimo Balindlela is the Premier of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa.
Nosimo Balindlela became a premier of the Eastern Cape after the 1999 election. Before that, she held various positions in the provincial cabinet. Mrs. Nosimo Balindlela holds a Junior Secondary Teachers' Diploma from Lovedale Teachers’ College. She also holds a Master’s degree in Early Child Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College in New York and later she completed a four-month course on distance education at London University’s Institute of Education. She received an honorary doctorate in Law from Rhodes University. She also received an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University Of Fort Hare.

She taught at various schools and teachers colleges between 1973 and 1994, as well as lecturing in education at Fort Hare and the University of the Transkei. In the late 1980s, she was active in the United Democratic Front, which led to her dismissal from two of the institutions at which she taught.

When Nosimo is not working in the office or attending to government affairs she can be found on her Stutterheim farm working on her vegetable garden.  She owns a 71ha farm , a lifelong dream of hers, which she and husband Miniyakhe realised in 2001. Although her official residence is in Bisho, she spends most of her time on her fam in Stutterheim.

Nosimo is married to Miniyakhe, and they have two sons, Tumi and Zola. She is not only respected by the public as a premier of the Eastern Cape, even her family at home respect her as a mother of the nation. According to Xhosa tradition, women are not permitted to enter the kraal but her family elders showed their appreciation of all that Nosimo has done for the family by awarding her an "honorary doctorate" and a blanket together with permission to enter the kraal and use the family name in public

More Interesting Facts about Nosimo Balindlela:

She designed and implemented the curriculum of the Department of Collegiate Education whereby a link between the colleges (Junior Primary) and the Fort Hare University was established.

She designed and introduced the Amakhaya Home Based Educare programme with special emphasis on parental responsibility and participation.


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Lynne Brown
Lynne Brown

Lynne Brown, the new Premier of the Western Cape, was born on the 26 of September in 1961 in Mitchell's Plain. She attended Parkwood Secondary School in Cape Town and later trained and worked as a teacher for a number of years. In 1979 she became the chairperson of the Mitchell's Plain Youth Congress. Later she became a member of the United Women's Organisation from 1979 to 1985. She was a member of the United Women's Congress from 1985 to 1990, serving first as Education Officer and then as Provincial Secretary.

Lynne was involved in the United Democratic Front from its formation in 1983 until its dissolution, serving as a member of its Finance Committee. She joined the ANC in 1987 and was nominated to the Provincial Executive Committee and Provincial Working Committee in 1999. She has served as Western Cape Provincial Secretary of the ANC Women's League since 1990. In 1993, Brown completed a course in gender-planning methodology at University College, London. In 1994 and again in 1999 she was elected as an ANC member of the Western Cape Legislature. In the past few years she served as the Minister of Finance for the Province. Recently, she was nominated to replace Ebrahim Rasool as the Premier of the Western Cape.

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Carolus Cheryl

Cheryl Carolus
Cheryl Carolus

Cheryl Carolus was born on 27 May 1958. Cheryl was born in Silvertown, Cape Town, and grew up in the Cape Flats.  Cheryl was raised by sick parents. Her father had tuberculosis and her mother was epileptic. They divorced, and life became very difficult for Cheryl and her three sisters.

Their environment was rife with social problems e.g. crime, poverty, alcoholism and drugs. Cheryl knows exactly what it means to grow up in poverty, but she never gave up her vision and her life to that.

Cheryl started in politics at the age of 13 in the early 1970s. She joined the National Youth Organisation, and subsequently the United Democratic Front in 1983. She was elected to be part of the African National Congress delegation in 1990 and she held talks with the apartheid government in July 1991.

Cheryl joined the University of Western Cape as Education Resources and Information Project Staff Development Officer in 1990.

She was elected full-time member of the ANC National Executive Committee and Head of the Human Development Department of the National Working Committee. She was also elected Deputy Secretary General of the ANC in 1994, and was responsible for its repositioning at national, provincial and municipal levels following the country's first democratic election process. She played an integral role in former President Nelson Mandela's consultative team in negotiating the country’s post-apartheid constitution, thriving in active engagement with global business stakeholders that included Harry Oppenheimer.

Cheryl also worked as South Africa's High Commissioner in London. During a high profile three-and-a-half year tenure, Cheryl forged strong parliamentary, NGO and global business relationships, and she took the UK capital by storm by virtually taking over Trafalgar Square with the much-hailed eight-week long Celebrate SA, of which De Beers was a major sponsor.

Today Cheryl is a co-founder of Peotona Capital, the women's investment company that owns a 16% shares in Ponahalo Investment Holdings. Peotona Capital is a new generation black empowerment company. 

Cheryl's can be said to have championed South Africa's transformation to democracy. She also negotiaed and demanded equality at the highest levels, focusing on race, gender and disability issues, sustainable job creation and the alleviation of poverty. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law in 2004 by the University of Cape Town for her human rights’ work.