The International Relations minister, Dr. Naledi Pandor, has conveyed her condolences to the family of former KwaZulu-Natal Premier and former Eskom board Chairperson Dr. Ben Ngubane.

Ngubane passed on in the early hours of Monday morning from COVID-19 complications after two weeks at a KwaZulu-Natal hospital.

Pandor says Ngubane, who became the first Arts and Culture minister in 1994 played a pivotal role in the construction of South Africa’s science and technology firm foundation.

Spokesperson, Clayson Monyela, says her thoughts and prayers are with Ngubane’s family during the bereavement.

“When I become Minister of Science and Technology in 2009, I had the pleasure of benefitting from the solid foundation that Dr. Ngubane and my other predecessors had put in place. ┬áIt made it easy for us to focus on speeding up the implementation of the projects they had started. South Africa owes a debt of gratitude to Dr. Ngubane for pioneering our science and technology. Minister Pandor said her thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Ben Ngubane’s family during this time of bereavement.”