Ms Dina Deliwe Pule
Ms Dina Deliwe Pule is one of the strongest leaders in the country with a deep sense of duty to her fellow citizens and a strong commitment to service delivery.
She is driven by a passion to see her community and the country achieve social development and economic growth. As the Minister of Communications, she is at the forefront of the government’s effort to make communication tools affordable and easily accessible to every citizen and making sure that local businesses are able to use the tools to be globally competitive.
Born outside Hazyview in Mpumalanga in a Mhala District during apartheid, Ms Pule’s eyes were opened to gross social injustice by discrepancy between her lived experiences compared to the history lessons they were taught at school. This realization pushed her towards civil activism and she found a home in the policy directions of the ANC.
She was recruited by the underground structures of the ANC because her region was a gateway to Mozambique.
Ms Pule recruited and worked with a number of comrades while at school and college.
Her commitment to justice and the welfare of others saw her become one of the founder members of the South Africa National Students Congress. She was also a founder member of the then Eastern Transvaal Women’s Union in 1990.
- Minister of Communications in the Republic of South Africa (RSA) since 25 October 2011
- Member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC) since 2007
- Member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ANC
- Member of the NEC Sub-Committee on Communications
- Member of the NEC Sub-Committee on Organisational Building and Campaigns
- Member of the NEC Sub-Committee on Political Education
- Member of the ANC Umrhabulo Editorial Team
- Member of the NEC Sub-Committee on Economic Transformation
- Member of the NEC Sub-Committee on State Owned Enterprises and Development Finance Institutions
- Member of the NEC Centenary Media Sub-Committee
- Previous Government Leadership Positions Held
- Deputy Minister in The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa: Performance, Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration 01 November 2010 to 25 October 2011
- Deputy Minister of Communications, RSA May 2009 to November 2010
- Member of Parliament of RSA since 2009
- Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Sports, Arts and Recreation for Mpumalanga Province, RSA January 2008 to May 2009
- Chairperson of the 2010 Mpumalanga Political Task Team for 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup 2008 to 2009
- MEC for Agriculture, Environment and Land Administration for Mpumalanga Province January 2007 to January 2008
- MEC for Safety and Security for Mpumalanga Province January 2005 to January 2007
- Member of the Provincial Legislature in Mpumalanga Province 2004 to January 2005
- Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Education, Culture, Sports and Recreation
Ms Pule is working towards completing her BA Honours degree with the University of South Africa, having completed her BA in Communications at the same institution. She is registered as a public relations practitioner with the Public Relations Institute of South Africa.
Earlier in her career, she obtained a Secondary Teacher’s Diploma from the EC Mango College of Education.
Career / Memberships / Positions / Other Activities
- Provincial Secretary of the ANC Womens League in Mpumalanga Province(MP) from 2007 to 2009
- Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC in MP from 2005 to 2008
- Member of various Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) sub-committees such as Political Education, Building the Organisation, Communications
- Chairperson of the ANC, Mpumalanga Provincial List Committee in 2006
- Chairperson of the ANC, Ehlanzeni Region in MP from 2004 to 2007
- Deputy Secretary of the ANC, Ehlanzeni Region in MP from 2001 to 2004
- Regional Task Team Member from 2000 to 2001
- Political Education Officer
- Branch Chairperson of the ANCWL, Nelspruit from 1999 to 2000
- Branch Secretary of the ANC, Nelspruit from 1997 to 1999
- Provincial Secretary of ANCWL in MP from 1990 to 1991
- Provincial Treasurer of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) in MP from 1991 to 1993
- Branch Secretary of the SADTU from 1990 to 1991
- Regional Executive Member of the ANC Youth League from 1990 to 1991
- Founder-member of the Eastern Transvaal Women’s Union from 1990 to 1991
- Deputy President of the Student Representative Council (SRC) in E.C Mango College of Education from 1988 to 1989
- Secretary of the E.C Mango College of Education SRC from 1987 to 1988
- Founder-member of South Africa National Students Congress in 1987