Biographical Notes

The current Minister of Science and Technology is Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor.


A life of exile from 1961 until 1984 has given her education an international flavour. She holds a BA from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and an MA in Education from the University of London. In 1992 she studied for a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership at Bryn Mawr in the USA. In 1997, while serving as an MP, she received an MA in Linguistics from Stellenbosch University in 1997, and a Diploma in Leadership in Development from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.


Ms Pandor became an MP in 1994 and has amassed impressive experience in positions of public office, including as Deputy Chief Whip of the ANC in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998, Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) in 1998, and Chairperson of the NCOP from 1999 to 2004.


Her experience in education policy and planning made her a welcome appointment as South Africa’s Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009.


She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2009, and Minister of Home Affairs in October 2012.


Following South Africa's fifth democratic elections, she was reappointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2014.


She has been awarded honorary doctorates by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and Stellenbosch University.