Rise and rise: New energy minister marks one of Zuma’s biggest promotions

Mmamoloko Kubayi matriculated 10-years ago and was a South African Students Congress branch chair at Vista University.

Energy Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi. Picture: Parliament.co.za

CAPE TOWN – African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament (MP) Mmamoloko Kubayi’s elevation to Energy Minister marks one of the biggest promotions to the ranks of President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet.

Kubayi matriculated 10-years ago and was a South African Students Congress branch chair at Vista University, later becoming deputy provincial secretary of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng.

Kubayi was the chairperson of Parliament’s Telecommunications and Postal Services Committee and now steps into the shoes vacated by axed Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.

The new energy minister was a parliamentary counsellor to Kgalema Motlanthe when he was deputy president and has served as a whip on the committees of Basic and Higher Education and private members’ bills.

Seen as a hard working MP, she drew criticism when she was pictured attending to her nails while serving on the parliamentary committee that effectively quashed former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s damning report on Nkandla.

Her new portfolio will see Kubayi overseeing major decisions around the country’s energy arrangements, with the government’s planned mega-million nuclear build arguably the most controversial item in her in-tray.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)