Minister Employment and Labour
Previous Executive Position:
Mr Nxesi was appointed as Minister of Employment and Labour on 30 May 2019
Prior to his appointment as Minister of Public Works of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Nxesi was Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the Republic of South Africa from November 2010 to 24 October 2011. Mr Nxesi served as the Minister of Public Works of the Republic of South Africa; a position he was first appointed to on 24 October 2011, and reappointed to on 26 May 2014 until 30 March 2017. He was Minister of Public Works from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019. Mr Thembelani Thulas Nxesi was Minister of Sports and Recreation of the Republic of South Africa from 31 March 2017 until 26 February 2018.
During the apartheid years he became involved in politics from a young age and was expelled from school several times for involvement in political activities. Mr Nxesi was a teacher at Ikusasa Senior Secondary School from 1985 to 1990, during which time he was also the head of the social sciences department. Mr Nxesi has also served as president of Education International and secretary of the National Education Union of South Africa. He has also served as Assistant Secretary-General and Secretary-General of the South African Democratic Teacher's
Mr Nxesi holds a BA degree from the University of Fort Hare obtained in 1983; a Bachelor of Education from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Higher Diploma in Education from the University of South Africa.