|Naledi Pandor MP|
|Naledi Pandor in 2012|
|Minister of Home Affairs|
4 October 2012
Acting: 2 – 4 October 2012
|Preceded by||Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|
|Minister of Science and Technology|
10 May 2009 – 4 October 2012
|Preceded by||Mosibudi Mangena|
|Succeeded by||Derek Hanekom|
|Minister of Education|
12 May 2004 – 10 May 2009
|Preceded by||Kader Asmal|
|Succeeded by||Ministry Split|
7 December 1953 |
|Political party||African National Congress|
|Spouse(s)||Sharif Joseph Pandor|
Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor (née Matthews, born 7 December 1953) is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was appointed to the cabinet following the 2004 South African general elections. She previously served as Minister of Science and Technology (2009–2012) under President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Education (2004–2009) in the cabinets of both Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
Pandor is married to Sharif Joseph Pandor and has four children, Fazlur, Aisha, Suraya and Haroon. She converted to Islam after she met her husband while studying in Botswana, her in-laws gave her the Islamic name of Nadia. On her religious conversion Pandor said: "My parents said God is God. As long as you worship Him we will support you and the Islamic principles are universal. Certainly, Islam demands much more of you in terms of observance."
She was elected to parliament in 1994 and was appointed Chairperson of The National Council of Provinces by President Thabo Mbeki in 1999. She served as Minister of Education from 2004 until 2009 under Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe. She oversaw a complete overhall of the Education system under her tenure and proposed reforms to the country's perceived failure of the implementation of Outcomes Based Education (OBE). She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2009 by President Jacob Zuma and served as a driving force in South Africa hosting the SANSA Space Operations Directorate for the CSIR Satellite Applications Centre in the Karoo.
On 2 October 2012 President Jacob Zuma appointed Pandor to the position of Minister of Home Affairs after her predecessor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma resigned to take up her position as Chairman of the African Union.
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