Department of Roads and Public Works
Pemmy Majodina, MEC for Roads and Public Works
A former member of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) military wing, in Soweto during the apartheid years from 1986 to 1991, MEC Majodina was also a member of the South African Communist Party’s Border Region branch from 1993 to 1997.
She has further served as the ANC Youth League’s deputy secretary (1994 to 1996) and its Treasurer General (1996 to 2002), and has been an active member of various youth organisations, including the Congress of South African Students (Cosas), the Soweto Student Congress (Sosco), the South African Youth Congress (Sayco) and the South African Students’ Congress (Sasco).
In 1999, MEC Majodina was elected as a member of the Judicial Service Commission in the National Council of Provinces, on which she served until 2004, at which time she was elected a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, a role she fulfilled from 2004 to 2008.
In her long political career, MEC Majodina has been actively involved in a number of committees, chairing both the Select Committee on Public Services and the Portfolio Committee on Public Works. She has further served on the Health Portfolio, Roads and Transport, and Rules Committees.
MEC Majodina was also the ANC regional chairperson for the Joe Gqabi region (2002 to 2006), the provincial secretary for the ANC Women’s League (2004 to 2009) and the provincial Deputy Secretary for the ANC in the Eastern Cape (2006 to September 2009), the last few months of which she also fulfilled a role as Acting Provincial Secretary.
MEC Majodina’s political career continued its meteoric climb in August 2008, when she was appointed as the Eastern Cape MEC for Health, a position she held until May 2009, when she was appointed the MEC for Roads and Public Works in the province.
As the current MEC for Roads and Public Works, it is MEC Majodina’s responsibility to make sure the department fulfils its legislative mandate. She has identified the following as departmental priorities for the 2009/10 financial year: