Samson Gwede Mantashe famously known as Gwede Mantashe is a South African politician, communist and trade unionist. He served as the National Chairperson of the African National Congress and was also the former chairperson of the South African Communist Party.
He became the minister of Mineral Resources after he was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa on the 6th of February, 2018. In May 2019, he was appointed the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy after his portfolio matched the requirement needed.
Gwede Mantashe Biography
Samson Gwede Mantashe
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Early Life and Education
Mantashe was born in 1955 in Cala, a village in the Eastern Cape. He completed a B.com Honours degree at the University of South Africa in 1997.
Mantashe also acquired a master’s degree from the University of the Witwatersrand in 2008. In 2021, he completed his MBA through MANCOSA.
Labour Union Activities
In order to make ends meet in the mining sector, Mantashe joined the migratory labour force. H began his mining career in 1975 as a Recreation Offer at the Western Deep Levels Mine. That same year, he was transferred to Prieska Copper Mines where he served as the Welfare officer till 1982.
In 1982, he relocated to Matla Colliery where he co-founded the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Mantashe also became the Witbank branch chairperson of the organization and held the position until 1984.
In recognition of his skills, he was appointed as the NUM’s National Organiser from 1988 to 1993 and its Regional Coordinator from 1993 to 1994.
Mantashe served as the secretary General of the National Union of Mineworkers until the 12th National Conference in May 2006. In 1995, he made history as he became the first trade unionist to be appointed to the board of directors of jSE Limited-listed company, Samancor.
He served as the chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa), for two years. Mantashe also served as the Chairperson of the South African Communist Party till July 2012.
Currently, he is a member of the Politburo of the South African Communist Party.
Mantashe is happily with Nolwandle Mantashe and both couples are blessed with three children; Buyambo Mantashe, Mbasa Mantashe and Chuma Mantashe. He and his family stay in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Gwede Mantashe Net Worth
Mantashe is one of the wealthiest men in South Africa. His success as a politician is widely recognised, however, his net worth is not revealed to the general public.
Social Media Handles
- Twitter: @GwedeMantashe1
- Facebook: Gwede Mantashe