Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Biography
Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi is a South African politician and the Minister of Health of South Africa. He is a doctor by profession and has done successful surgery in the small rural town of Jane Furse. He was born on 7th August 1958 in Phokwane Village in Limpopo.
Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Date of Birth | Age
He was born on 7th August 1958. He is 61 years old as of 2019 in Hartswater, South Africa.
Education Background – Aaron Motsoaledi Qualifications
He studied at Setotolwane High school and completed his pre-medicine course at the University of the North at Turfloop. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) from the University of Natal in 1983.
Dr Motsoaledi’s political awareness was awakened at the age of eight when he witnessed the arrest of a neighbour for not carrying a “dompas”. This awareness evolved during his high school years and was heavily influenced by the 1976 Soweto uprisings.While attending the University of the North at Turfloop he was often involved in student marches, demonstrations and sit-ins on campus and at the Mankweng police station.
Dr Motsoaledi’s deeper political understanding and involvement however developed while attending the University of Natal in the late 1970s. He whole-heartedly threw himself into the liberation struggle both on and off campus. He was elected to the student representative council (SRC) in 1980, and participated in the formation of the student movement AZASO to which he was elected national correspondence secretary with Joe Phaahla as president. In 1982 he succeeded Zweli Mkhize as SRC president of the University of Natal Medical School and in 1983 was instrumental in mobilising students in Natal for the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF). He attended the launch of the UDF at Mitchell`s Plain, Cape Town in this capacity.
Whilst serving as a medical intern, working in the public and private medical sectors, Dr Motsoaledi continued to support the struggle in various ways. He was involved with the ANC`s armed wing, Umkhonto we Siswe (MK) in Sekhukhuneland under the leadership of Commander Mashegoana, and continued working with the unit after its unbanning in 1990.
In 1989 when the apartheid regime began releasing the ANC leaders arrested at Rivonia (amongst them his uncle, Elias Motsoaledi) he was elected chairperson of the Northern Transvaal Reception Committee. He became deputy chairperson of the ANC Northern Transvaal (now Limpopo) region when it was launched in 1990.
Dr Motsoaledi served on the Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC for 19 years before being elected to the ANC National Executive Committee.
- January 2013 – 2014: Member of National Working Committee,ANC.
- 2009 – Present: Minister of Health.
- 1999 – Present: Member of Executive Council, Health and Social Development.
- 1994 – Present: Head of Elections Committee.
- 1994 – Present: Member Provincial Legislature, Limpopo Provincial Legislature.
- 1998 – 1999: Member of Executive Council,Transport, Limpopo Provincial Government
- 1994: Head of Research and Briefing: Election Task Team, African National Congress.
- 1994 – 1997: Member of Executive Council,Education, Limpopo Provincial Government.
- 1991 – 1992: Deputy Chair of African National Congress, Northern Transvaal.
- 1989: Chair of Hlahlolanang Health and Nutrition Education Project.
- 1986 – 1994: Chair of Sekhukhune Advice Office.
Aaron Motsoaledi Parents
He was born to his school principal father Kgokolo Michael Motsoaledi and mother Sina Sekeku Maile. He was born in a large family of seven boys and two girls.
Aaron Motsoaledi Wife
He is married to Thelma Dikeledi (Mpyane).
Aaron Motsoaledi Children
He has three daughters and two sons. His eldest daughter is honouring the family tradition by studying medicine (his brother is head of dermatology at Medunsa and his sister registrar of microbiology at the same institution).
Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Contact Details
Minister of Health: Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi
Private Bag X399
Tel: (012) 312 0546
Fax: (012) 325 5526
Private Bag X9070
Cape Town, 8000
Tel: (021) 466 7260
Fax: (021) 465 1575.
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