Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Leading From The Frontlines

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reached amazing heights in her political career with the highlight being the chairperson of the African Union - the first woman to have done so. She served as the Minister of Health during Nelson Mandela's tenure as South Africa's president, Minister of Foreign Affairs during Thabo Mbeki's era and Minister of Home Affairs during Jacob Zuma's first term as president. She was elected as the chairperson for the African Union Commission in July 2012 and was replaced in January 2017 after stepping down.

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1992 - Dlamini-Zuma's pioneering career began taking shape when she was part of the Gender Advisory Committee Convention for a Democratic South Africa.

1994 - Dlamini-Zuma was chosen to be the Minister of Health by Nelson Mandela as the South African President at the time.

1999 - She was then appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs during Thabo Mbeki's presidency.

2009 - After President Jacob Zuma's presidency began, Dlamini-Zuma was moved to the Home Affairs ministry, where she served in the role for three years.

2012 - Dlamini-Zuma was elected to be the chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Africa's had to debate that issue seriously because no continent has ever been developed by donor funds. We can have investors, yes, but we need some level of self-reliance, too.

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