Business Update Issue 13

Meet your new Treasurer General, PAUL MASHATILE. This is what we know about him New Beginnings 1 TG MESSAGE P aul Mashatile was born on 21 October 1961 in Geraldsville, Pretoria (Tshwane). He was an active participant in the liberation struggle as far back as his youth, when he was a member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS). He co-founded the Alexandra Youth Congress (AYCO) in 1983 and was elected as its first president. At the age of 23 he was elected as the Assistant General Secretary of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Southern Transvaal Region, and later became the UDF’s General Secretary from 1989 until the unbanning of political parties in 1990, when the UDF was dissolved. As a result of his involvement in the struggle against apartheid, he was harassed by the security police, who also attempted to assassinate him. He was eventually detained without trial for four years, from 1985 to 1989, when the State of Emergency was declared by the government. During this time he embarked on an 18-day hunger strike as part of a nationwide protest. Mashatile took a leading role in re-establishing the structures of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) when these organisations were unbanned in 1990. He was appointed General Secretary of the SACP in Gauteng. He was also appointed as the ANC Branch Organiser in Alexandra and Branch Chairperson for the SACP. He also served on the Interim Leadership Group of the ANC in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging (PWV) region (of the former Transvaal). He was later appointed as Head of Political Education for the ANC PWV region. In 1992 he was elected as Provincial Secretary of the ANC, a position he held for six years, working with Tokyo Sexwale as Chairperson of the Gauteng Province. In 1994 he became a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed Leader of the House, serving ex- officio in the Gauteng Cabinet. In 1996 he was appointed MEC for Transport and Public Works in Gauteng. He went on to hold numerous positions in the Gauteng government, handling the portfolios of Safety (1998 – 1999), Housing (1999 – 2004) and Finance and Economic Affairs (2004 – 2008). In 1998 he became Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng and in 2007 he was elected Chairperson of the Province, a position he still holds today. After the resignation of the Premier of Gauteng, Mbhazima Shilowa, in 2008, he took over as Premier of the province. After serving 17 months as Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, he was appointed as Minister of Arts and Culture in the South African Parliament in November 2010. He is currently the MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance in the Gauteng Legislature. Mashatile studied at Alexandra High School and holds a Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London.

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