Lynne Brown Biography
Lynne Brown was born on 26th September 1961 in Cape Town, South Africa. She was the Minister of Public Enterprises and former Premier of the Western Cape province in South Africa.
Lynne Brown’s Husband
She is openly lesbian.
Lynne Brown Qualifications – Lynne Brown Education
- She has a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from the University of the Western Cape.
- She has a certificate in Gender Development Planning Methodology from University College in London.
Lynne Brown Political Career
- On 1 March 2018, she resigned as an ANC member of parliament.
- 2014 – 2018: Minister of Public Enterprise.
- 2009 – May 2014: Leader of the ANC Opposition.
- 2008 – 2009: She became the Premier.
- 1999: She was the Mayor of Cape Town and served as provincial Minister (MEC) for finance, economic development, and tourism
- 1999: She was elected to the Provincial Working Committee in the ANC. She was the chairperson of the standing committees on Community Services and on Health and Welfare and served as an ANC Whip and Chief Whip in the legislature.
- 1994 and in 1999: She was elected as an ANC Member of the Western Cape Provincial Legislature.
- 1990: Secretary of Western Cape Provincial of the ANC Women’s League
- 1987: She joined ANC and was elected to the Provincial Executive Committee.
- 1983: She was among the members who founded the United Democratic Front and served as a member of its Finance Committee until its disbandment.
- 1985 – 1990: Member of the United Women’s Congress, she served as the first Education Officer and then as Provincial Secretary.
- 1979 – 1985: Member of the United Women’s Organisation.
- 1979: Chairperson of the Mitchell’s Plain Youth Congress
Lynne Brown Membership
- Founder and Director of the Women’s College.
- Board Member of the Extramural Education Project.
- Board Member of the National Literacy Project.
Lynne Brown Books
The Real Estate Math Book.
The Little Star
Lynne Brown News: South Africa appoints the first lesbian to cabinet
Source: The Guardian
The South African president, Jacob Zuma, has appointed the country’s first openly gay cabinet minister, a move thought also to be a first in Africa and a symbolic step on a continent enduring a homophobic backlash.
Lynne Brown becomes the public enterprises’ minister in a cabinet that includes South Africa’s first black minister of finance.
Brown, 52, who is colored (of mixed-race ancestry), was born in Cape Town and was premier of Western Cape until the African National Congress (ANC) lost control of the province to the opposition Democratic Alliance in 2009.
According to a 2008 profile of her by the South African Press Association, she began her career as a teacher and gained a certificate in gender planning methodology at University College London. “I can’t bear working in an environment where things don’t get done,” she was quoted as saying. “I’m not a flamboyant type of person; I get things done.”
Her personal interests were said to be playing golf, reading and “an admiration of arts and culture”.
She is not seen as a gay rights activist but her ascent to a cabinet post was described on Monday as a significant moment.
Eusebius McKaiser, a broadcaster and political author, who is gay, said: “It is, sadly, probably newsworthy, I guess, insofar as the social impact of openly gay people in high-profile public leadership positions cannot be discounted in a country like South Africa where levels of homophobia, including violence against black lesbian women, remain rife.
“The symbolism matters from an African perspective, too, given other countries around us are enacting and enforcing laws criminalizing same-sex sex and lifestyles.”
Steven Friedman, director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy, said: “I think it’s worth drawing attention to. She’s not a gay rights campaigner – it’s not recognized in that sense – but the fact that under the most socially conservative president since 1994 there is the first openly gay minister in such a position is significant.”
South Africa was the first African country to legalize gay marriage but Zuma, a traditional Zulu polygamist, has been criticized for culturally fundamentalist remarks and failing to condemn anti-gay crackdowns in Nigeria and Uganda.
Asked by the Guardian in 2012 about his views on same-sex marriage, the president replied: “That does not necessarily require my view, it requires the views of South Africans. We have a constitution that is very clear that we all respect, which I respect. It has a view on that one, that gay marriage is a constitutionally accepted thing in South Africa. So, no matter what my views would be.”
Zuma, 72, who was inaugurated on Saturday for a second term, named Nhlanhla Nene as the finance minister, the first black person to hold the position. Nene, 55, had served as deputy to the widely respected Pravin Gordhan, who is of Indian ancestry.
Nene, whose first name means “luck” in Zulu, is a former parliamentarian and chair of the finance portfolio committee. He spent 15 years at the insurance firm MetLife, where he was a regional administrative manager and where, during racial apartheid, he organized the country’s first strike in the financial sector. Razia Khan, Africa’s regional head of research for Standard Chartered Bank, said: “Nene is an old hand at the treasury. He will be seen to represent policy continuity.”
Cyril Ramaphosa, a former miners’ union leader turned billionaire businessman, becomes deputy president. But Friedman suggested he was far from certain to succeed Zuma. “That’s far more complicated. He doesn’t like taking political risks. The succession may revolve around some regional issues. KwaZulu-Natal is the biggest province and they’re pushing to choose the next president. I don’t think the other provinces will be keen on that.”
After a punishing five-month strike in the platinum mines, the mineral resources minister, Susan Shabangu, was removed.
The police minister, Nathi Mthethwa, who was in office during the killing of 34 striking miners at Marikana in 2012, was also shifted from his post.
Lynne Brown Contacts
- Tel: 084 300 0850/ 012 431 1000
- Fax: 012 431 1039.
We endeavor to keep our content True, Accurate, Correct, Original and Up to Date.
If you believe that any information in this article is Incorrect, Incomplete, Plagiarised, violates your Copyright right or you want to propose an update, please send us an email to email@example.com indicating the proposed changes and the content URL. Provide as much information as you can and we promise to take corrective measures to the best of our abilities.