Paul Mashatile Biography
Paul Mashatile who full name Paul Shipokosa Mashatile who was born on 21st October 1961 in Geraldsville, Pretoria in South Africa.He is the former Minister of Arts and Culture in the Cabinet of South Africa.
Paul Mashatile Education Background
He attended Alexandra High School, GAUTENG, South Africa. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London.
Paul Mashatile Political Career
When Paul Mashatile was still a student he was an activist in the struggle against apartheid as a member of the Congress of South African Students, and was the co-founder and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress.
At the age of 23, Paul Mashatile was elected the Assistant General Secretary of the United Democratic Front (UDF), Southern Transvaal region and later became its General Secretary from 1989 until the unbanning of political parties in 1990 when the UDF was dissolved.
In 1985 he was detained without trial and was released in 1989. While in detention he participated in a nationwide protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike.
In 1990 after the unbanning of African National Congress and the South African Communist Party, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf.
He was appointed as General Secretary of the SACP in Gauteng. He was also as the ANC Branch Organiser in Alexandra and Branch Chairperson for SACP. He also served on the Interim Leadership Group of the ANC in the Pretoria-Witwatersrand-Vereeniging (PWV) region (of the former Transvaal)
In 1992 he was elected the Provincial Secretary of the ANC a position he held until 1998. In 1994 he became a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed as Leader of the House, serving ex-officio in the Gauteng Cabinet.
In 1996 he was appointed as Gauteng’s MEC for Transport and Public Works. He held many positions in in the Gauteng Provincial Government, handling the portfolios of Safety (1998-1999), Housing (1999-2004) and Finance and Economic Affairs (2004-2008).
In 1998 Paul Mashatile became Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng and in 2007 he was elected Chairperson of the Province. In 2008 he took up the role of Premier of Gauteng after the resignation of Mbhazima Shilowa.
In November 2010 Paul Mashatile was appointed as Minister of Arts and Culture in the South African Parliament a position he held until 2014.
Paul Mashatile Political Positions
2010- 2014: Minister of Arts and Culture
2009- 2010: Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture
2008 – 2009: Premier of Gauteng
2004- 2008: MEC, Finance and Economic Affairs
1999 – 2004: Member of Executive Council, Housing
1994- 1996: Leader of House Gauteng Legistlature
1992 – 1996: Provincial Secretary, national Executive Committee
1992- 2010: Secretary, South African Communist Party
1991 – 1994: Head of Political Education PWV Region
1985- 1991: General Secretary of United Democratic Front
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