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Alan Winde
Know your premier: Alan Winde
22 May 2019, 2:30 PM


Winde is taking over the premiership of the Western Cape from Helen Zille. He’s had a stint as the MEC for Community Safety after Dan Plato left the post to become Cape Town Mayor following Patricia de Lille’s resignation. 

Winde beat Democratic Alliance (DA) Western Cape leader, Bonginkosi Madikizela, and the party’s Member of Parliament (MP) David Maynier, to the post. While some South Africans blasted the party for choosing Winde over Madikizela – saying it had missed an opportunity at transformation –  the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the appointment. It’s hailed Winde for his ability to stay clear of political mudslinging and focus on creating jobs and growing the provincial economy.

He’s served in the Zille cabinet for two terms – working as the Western Cape MEC of finance, economic development, agriculture development and tourism.

DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, has referred to Winde as the next jobs premier of South Africa, crediting him with having cut down provincial unemployment to 14% below the national joblessness rate. The premier candidate has also served as the DA’s spokesperson on environment and planning.

Watch Winde’s interview after he was announced as the next DA provincial government leader:

Sihle Zikalala, convenor of the ANC in KZN.
Know your premier: Sihle Zikalala
22 May 2019, 2:27 PM


The 46-year-old KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial chairperson joined politics at the age of 15.  Although his appointment is in line with the governing party’s preference of making provincial leaders premiers – it was not expected by some, who had thought he might not be given the top seat as he backed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s ANC presidency bid at Nasrec during the party’s hotly contested elective conference in 2017.

Zikalala is hailed as an accomplished organiser and workaholic. He is credited with the rebuilding of structures of the ANC and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in northern Durban areas after the unbanning of the party in 1990.  The father of two is also respected for having contributed to the ANC’s growth in KwaZulu-Natal when he was deputy provincial secretary and later promoted to the secretary post during 2008 and 2009. This led to the party clinching a landslide victory in the province during the 2009 general and 2011 municipal elections.

Zikalala has served in the KwaZulu-Natal government as the provincial MEC for economic development, tourism and environmental affairs. He has a communications science degree and honours in bachelor of administration.

Dr Zamani Saul, ANC Northern Cape chairperson
Know your premier: Zamani Saul
22 May 2019, 2:25 PM


Dr Zamani Saul is the second man to be at the helm of the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature, since Manne Dipico – who was the province’s first premier after the 1994 elections. Women have been leading the roost since his second term ended in 2004.

Dr Saul replaces Sylvia Lucas, who has welcomed his appointment, saying the province is in good hands and she looks forward to work with him. The ANC in the Northern Cape has also congratulated its chairperson. The party says Dr Saul has proved that through determination and hard work anything can be achieved. Saul holds a doctorate in public law and jurisprudence as well as a masters degree in Development Studies.

He was the municipal manager for the Pixley Ka Seme District Municipality from the year 2000 to 2008. He has also served the ANC in other capacities, including as the party’s provincial secretary.

In 2018, Kimberly residents blasted the Sol Plaatje Municipality for what they termed double standards. They were upset over Dr Saul alleged massive unpaid rates and taxes bill. He was said to owe the municipality R121 231.81, with R103 301 having been more than 90 days overdue.

Watch Dr Saul’s interview with Lukhanyo Calata during the ANC’s national policy conference in 2017:

Stan Mathabatha
Know your premier: Stan Mathabatha
22 May 2019, 2:22 PM


This is Mathabatha’s second tenure as Limpopo premier. He first held the position in 2013. The Limpopo ANC provincial chairperson has a bachelor of arts degree and a masters degree in development. He became actively involved in politics at an early age and at 20 – he joined the ANC liberation army, Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), a year after the Soweto 1976 uprising.

He was also one of the leaders of the United Democratic Front (UDF) in the 80’s. After the unbanning of political parties in 1990, Mathabatha became one of the key activists to rebuild the structure of the ANC internally and the treasurer of the Northern Transvaal Region of the party in 1992.

The 62-year-old has since served the ANC and government in Limpopo in various capacities and is hailed as a seasoned administrator. Mathabatha is one of those credited with having played a pivotal role in the consolidation and transformation of the then Bantustans administrations of Lebowa, Venda and Gazankulu and the Transvaal Provincial Administration (TPA) into the Northern Province Provincial Administration and later Limpopo.

Mathabatha led the Ramaphosa campaign in Limpopo ahead of the contentious ANC elective conference, which was held in Nasrec, Johannesburg, in 2017. ANC NEC announces party premier candidates

Watch Mathabatha speaking to Lukhanyo Calata during the ANC’s 2017 policy conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg:

Refilwe Mtshweni
Know your premier: Refilwe Mtshweni
22 May 2019, 2:20 PM


Mtshweni returns as premier of Mpumalanga after being appointed to the position in 2018. She replaced deputy president, David Mabuza, who left the post to fulfill his role as the country’s number 2.

Mtshweni’s first appointment took many by surprise and was met with mixed emotions because she didn’t have a high political profile. She has never served in any provincial executive structure of the ANC, but is said to have been active in the party’s youth wing in the Nkangala region. She has, however, worked in the Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature – as the MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs.

Mtshweni is the first female premier of Mpumalanga and is expected to succeed Mabuza as the ANC provincial chairperson when an elective conference is held some time this year.  The 46-year-old has a human resources diploma  and a leadership and governance certificate from Wits University.

Watch a report on Mtshweni when she was first sworn in as premier of Mpumalanga in 2018:



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