What is your political background? I became a SASCO branch Chairperson at Vista University and then Regional Executive Member of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in the Greater Johannesburg region. I subsequently became a Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANCYL in Gauteng province.
What does my job as an MP entail? I am the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Telecommunications and Postal Services. I interact with all stakeholders in this portfolio and speak on behalf of the committee on matters relating to the portfolio.
What constituency area have you been assigned to by your party? What has been the highlights of your constituency work? I am responsible for the Mabopane Constituency Area. We have a programme each month based on developed themes. In January 2016 we visited the best performing high school and donated dignity packs donated by the Vodacom Foundation. We visited a no-fee primary school and donated Kellogs packs from the Judith Sephuma Foundation. To close the back to school campaign we hosted the 3rd Annual Grade 12 Awards Ceremony where we donated tablets from Mustek to top performing learners. Principals and educators and were awarded with data bundle vouchers and book vouchers from the Telkom Foundation. We also awarded the learners who passed Matric with certificates and trophies.
Highlights of Parliament so far?I have been a Whip of the Portfolio Committees on Basic Education, Higher Education and Private Members' Legislative Proposals and Petitions. I have also been a Programming Whip, Acting Deputy Chief Whip of the ANC, Parliamentary Counsellor of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe - and of course my current position as Chairperson of the Telecommunications and Postal Services committee is also a highlight. I have served on the Rules Committee and the Programming Committee during the Fourth Parliament. I served on the Chief Whip’s Forum and at times chaired it when the Chief Whip of the Majority party was not present.
What are you most passionate about - this applies both in a political/professional arena as well as personally? I am passionate about making a difference in people’s lives, hence the quote “you have never really lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you” resonates strongly with me. I am also very passionate about reading.
What would your message to South Africa be? As South Africans we need to roll up our sleeves and build our country for ourselves and the future generation. Each and every individual has a responsibility and duty to contribute towards building a non-racial, non-sexist and united South Africa. We owe it to those who died during the struggle to attain a democratic country.
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