Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams appointed Communications Minister.
22nd September, 2018 | Business Day
President Cyril Ramaphosa reshuffled his cabinet on Thursday, merging two departments and shifting three ministers and deputy ministers.
Postal services minister Siyabonga Cwele has been shifted to home affairs and communication minister Nomvula Mokonyane has been shifted to environmental affairs – a demotion for the former ally of former president Jacob Zuma.
Mokonyane’s deputy, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, will now take up the post of communications minister, a promotion for the deputy minister, who is seen as a rising star in ANC politics.
The erstwhile telecommunications ministry and the communications ministry will be combined and led by Ndabeni-Abrahams, but the two departments will remain separate until after the 2019 election.
Ramaphosa also announced the resignation of the deputy energy minister Thembi Majola, who stepped down to attend to family commitments. He steps down from January 1.
Better Alignment and Coordination
“This will ensure we have better alignment and coordination of matters that are critical to the future of our economy, particularly in the context for the fourth Industrial Revolution,” Ramaphosa said.
The president said the move is line with announcements he made in that state of the nation address to realign government. “In anticipation of the sixth democratic administration, we will have completed this work. When we have completed it, we will have a much more comprehensive announcement on how we will have realigned government.”
Describing the reintegration of the two departments as the “first wave” of a restructuring plan, Ramaphosa hinted that further announcements will be forthcoming with respect to economic management.
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Biography
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams is a South African politician and the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services. She is a former Deputy Minister of Communications.
She was born in Sakhela Village in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa. She grew up in Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, and is the first-born of six children in her family.
She attended several schools in and around Mthatha, but could not proceed with her studies after matric because her family could not afford to send her to university. She had to get a job to contribute to her family income, and to get her to study further.
Stella Ndabeni Age
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Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Husband
She is the wife to Thato Abrahams.
Stella Ndabeni Children
She is a mother of three children.
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Wedding
Information about her wedding will be updated soon.
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Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Contact Details
- Tel: 012 427 8124
- Fax: 012 239 7679
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Education Background
- She has an Advanced Certificate in Project Management from Rhodes University.
- She has a Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Diploma in Telecommunications and Managements Systems.
- She has a Certificate in Telecommunications, Policy and Regulation Management, Wits University.
- She has a Project Management Diploma from Cranefields College.
- She is pursuing a Masters in Business Management Administration at Regent Business School.
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Political Career
Ndabeni-Abrahams’s family was strictly religious and never political, but her political interest was highly influenced by learning that the first black president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was born and bred in Qunu.
She served the ANC Youth League in a region in Mthatha. This was followed by a position on the provincial executive committee until she was elected to the national leadership team in 2008.
During a Cabinet reshuffle in 2011, President Zuma appointed Ndabeni-Abrahams as Deputy Minister for the then Department of Communications. In this position, her passion for education saw her aggressively implementing the schools connectivity programme which culminated in 1650 rural schools nationwide being connected. She further committed Telecomms licensees to implement their universal service obligations in connecting rural schools.
Since 2009 she has been an African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament. She was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Communications and later the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services a position that she held until she became the Communications Minister on November 22nd, 2018.
Stella Ndabeni Abrahams Membership
- Member of African National Congress Youth League – Executive Committee.
- 2009 – 2011: Member and Committee Whip of African National Congress Women’s League – Portfolio Committee on Defence.
- 2008 – 2010: Member of African National Congress – North West Committee.
- Member of African National Congress – Youth League National Executive Committee.
- Member of African National Congress – Joint Parliamentary Committee on Defence and Intelligence.
- Member of African National Congress – Parliamentary Caucus sub-Committee on political education.
- 2009 – 2011: Portfolio and Committee Whip, African National Congress Women’s League – Committee on Defence
- Member and Committee Whip, African National Congress – Portfolio Committee on Communications
Ndabeni-Abrahams gives back to the community through her own organisation/foundation. Her projects include helping Eastern Cape children to get back to school and donating school uniforms to the needy.
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Glamorous evening of awards at Midrand’s Gallagher Convention Centre
It was a night of glitz and glamour when the who’s who of the printing industry descended on Midrand’s Gallagher Convention Centre on 12 September for the Printing SA awards gala dinner.
Deon Joubert the acting president of the Printing SA Board opened the night with a small speech highlighting that the printing industry contributes about three per cent to the country’s GDP, with Printing SA contributing about R60 billion in sales which also has an effect on the economy.
“Whoever said printing was dead was talking rubbish,” said Joubert.
“Printing SA plays a vital role in training young people for the various roles in the printing industry in partnership with the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) to try and meet the demand of the ever-changing business,” he added.
He was followed by Felleng Yende, the CEO of the Fibre Processing and Manufacturing Sector Education and Training Authority, who rose up to formally introduce the keynote speaker for the night, the Deputy Minister for Telecommunications and Postal Services, Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
Abrahams recalled the role she played in 2011 in moving education towards a paperless classroom, which was thoroughly implemented in Gauteng by the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi.
“I thought a paperless classroom would benefit the children but during evaluations, I realised that the children were getting robbed of their tablets and when they get to class they are left in isolation because there are no books, no chalkboard and therefore the learner cannot participate.
“There should be a gradual change where technology and print work hand-in-hand for the benefit of the country because both these industries are needed,” revealed Abrahams.