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Biography of Deputy Minister, Mr Madala Backson Masuku

  • Date of Birth: 06 June1965
Current Positions
  • Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Republic of South Africa since 25 May 2014.
Career/ Memberships/ Positions/ Other Activities
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Finance in Mpumalanga.
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Human Settlement in Mpumalanga.
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in Mpumalanga.
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Public Works in Mpumalanga.
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation in Mpumalanga.
  • Member of the Executive Council under the Department of Agriculture and Land Administration in Mpumalanga.
  • Head of the Political Office in the Department of Agriculture and Land Administration.
  • Head of Communication / Government Spokesperson in Mpumalanga Provincial Government, Premier’s Office.
  • Premier’s Media Co-ordinator in Mpumalanga Provincial Government from 1994-1995
  • Educator
  • Served as the organiser of the African National Congress Youth League from 1993-1994, Developing a mobilisation, recruitment strategy and membership systems management.
  • Business Manager for Youth Education Trust from 1990-1992
  • Mathematics and Science teacher from 1989-1990
Academic Qualifications
  • MCOM Leadership CUM LAUDE - Dissertation on Local Economic Development– 2014, UKZN
  • Masters in Management - Public and Development Management – 2002, Wits University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Development Management with Wits School of Public and Development Management in the Faculty of Management and obtained it in December 1996.
  • Provincial Government in Transition Executive Programme (Wits) 1994
  • Obtained a Certificate of competence in Public Service Management (examinable) offered by Wits. This course content covered the South African Service, issues in Development, Public Management, Strategic Management and Change, leadership and Policy Process and Management. (1997)
  • Awarded a Certificate for completing a three week programme on change and performance management in Public Sector Reform by Civil Service College (UK)– 06 – 24 July 1998
Other Leadership Positions
  • Youth, Student and civil activist from 1986-1990
  • Provincial ANC Youth League Executive structures from 1991-1997
  • Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC from 1993-1999 and from 2004-2012
  • Served in the Provincial Executive Committee structure of the SACP from 1992-2007
  • Currently a Member of the Central Committee of the SACP since 2007
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