Profile of Minister of Transport Joe Maswanganyi
Minister Maswanganyi (51) was appointed Minister of Transport in March 2017.
Minister of Transport:
Mr Joe Maswanganyi
He was born in Dzwerani Village in Vhembe District Municipality, before his family was forcefully removed by the Apartheid regime to Mudabula Village for the creation of a Bantustan.
Minister Maswanganyi served in the Limpopo Provincial Government Executive Committee. In 1999 and 2004 Minister Maswanganyi was appointed to the positions of MEC for Local Government and Housing and Limpopo MEC for Sport Arts and Culture respectively.
Minister Maswanganyi served as Member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature in 1994 and Member of the Portfolio Committee on Public Works in 1997 giving the Minister solid and broad grounding in matters of parliamentary governance.
He also served as a Permanent Representative of the Northern Province Legislature at African Region Conference, Lesotho (1996 – 1996). Minister Maswanganyi was elected in 2014 in the Limpopo Provincial Executive Committee. He was the Chairperson and Convener of International Relations Sub-Committee. It was also in the same year that Minister Maswanganyi served as the Chairperson of Public Administration Portfolio Committee and appointed to the Nelson Mandela Bay Regional Task Team.
The Minister also served as a Member of the Transport Portfolio Committee and a Member of the Standing Committee on the Auditor General in 2015.
He previously served as a Chairperson for the Public Service and Administration portfolio Committee in the Limpopo Legislature. In 2016 he was deployed by the ANC in Limpopo to Parliament as an ordinary Member of Parliament.
These government positions had been preceded by a long history of activism and advocacy by Minister Maswanganyi through the branch work of the South African Students Congress and the African National Congress including work as ANC Youth League National Deputy President in 1998, while also serving as Convener of the International Affairs Sub-Committee.
In 2008-2011 Minister Joe Maswanganyi served as the Limpopo ANC Provincial Secretary while he had been re-elected as Limpopo ANC PEC Member in 2005.
Minister Maswanganyi has served these positions while deeply committed to academic education and intellectual advancement completing two Masters Degrees in Governance and Transformation in 2006 from the University of the Free State and a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Venda in 2016.
Minister Maswanganyi is also a teacher by profession. He was a teacher at Matsambuhs Giyani (1991 – 1992) and Hlalukweni High School (1992 – 1993).
Minister Maswanganyi also held the following positions:
- Political Education Officer – Youth League, African National Congress, Far North Region (1991 – 1991)
- Provincial Executive Member – Youth League , African National Congress, NP (1991 – 1991)
- Public Relations Officer – Students Representatives Council, Tivumbeni College (1990 – 1990)
- Political Education Officer – SANSCO (1990 – 1990)
- Chairperson – Tlangelani Youth Congress (1987 – 1987)
- Member – Students Representatives Council (1989 – 1989)
- Member – ANC Malamulele sub-region, Limpopo (1991 – 1991)
- Member – ANCYL Provincial Executive Committee Limpopo (1991 – 1995)
- Executive Committee Member – African Region: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) (1996 – 1996)
- Leader – Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Conference Zimbabwe (1997 – 1997)
- Leader – SA Youth Delegation to Cuba to attend World Youth & Students Festival (1997 – 1997)