Ms Pinky Kekana
Deputy Minister in the Presidency
Ms Pinky Kekana was appointed as Deputy Minister in the Presidency on 5 August 2021. She served as the Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies from 27 February 2018 until her latest appointment.
Positions last held/Career/Memberships/Other Activities
Ms Pinky Kekana was born in Bela-Bela, Limpopo Province. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree (specialising in Education and Teaching). Her experience as a secondary school teacher fuelled her passion for education and young people. She is committed to improving opportunities for young South Africans from all walks of life.
Ms Kekana was elected to the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in 1999 and was re-elected in 2009. She has served as the Executive Mayor of the Waterberg District Municipality, MEC for Roads and Transport, and MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism in Limpopo.
On 21 May 2014, she was elected to be a member of the National Assembly. As a Member of Parliament, Ms Kekana served on the following committees:
Standing Committee on Finance (National Assembly Committees), and, Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality.
In 2015, she was elected to the African National Congress Women's League National Executive Committee and was subsequently deployed to be the Secretary-General of the Pan African Women's Organisation (PAWO). In her capacity as Secretary-General of the PAWO, Ms Kekana is committed to ensuring that all African women, particularly girl children, are empowered.