Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

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The Honourable
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
4 December 2012
Preceded by Utoni Nujoma
Minister of Environment and Tourism
In office
21 March 2010 – 4 December 2012
Preceded by Willem Konjore
Succeeded by Uahekua Herunga
Member of Parliament
Assumed office
ICT Minister
In office
2005 – March 2010
Personal details
Born Netumbo Nandi
(1952-10-29) 29 October 1952 (age 61)
(Onamutai, Oshana Region)
Nationality Namibian
Political party Flag of South-West Africa People's Organisation.svg


Spouse(s) Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah
Residence Windhoek
Alma mater Keele University, UK
Profession Politician

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (born 29 October 1952) is a Namibian politician. A member of SWAPO, Nandi-Ndaitwah served as Namibia's Minister of Environment and Tourism from March 2010 to December 2012 and has served as Minister of Foreign Affairs since December 2012. She is a long-time member of the National Assembly of Namibia.

Political career[edit]

Born at Onamutai in Oshana Region, Nandi-Ndaitwah went into exile and joined SWAPO members in Zambia in 1974, worked at the SWAPO headquarters in Lusaka/Zambia from 1974 to 1975 and attended a course at the High Komsomol School in the USSR from 1975 to 1976. She became the SWAPO Deputy Representative in Zambia from 1976 until 1978 and the Chief Representative in Zambia from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 until 1986 she was the SWAPO Chief Representative in East Africa, based at Dar es Salaam. She was a Member of the SWAPO Central Committee from 1976 to 1986. She became President of the Namibian National Women's Organisation (NANAWO) from 1991 until 1994. She has been a Member of the National Assembly since 1990. She was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1990 to 1996, Director General for Women's Affairs in the Office of the President from 1996 to 2000 and subsequently Minister for Women's Affairs.

Nandi-Ndaitwah first gained ministerial status as Director-General of Women Affairs in the Office of the President to which she was appointed in 1996. In 2000 she became Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare. She is a member of the Swapo Party Central Committee and Politburo and Swapo’s Secretary for Information and Mobilisation. As such Nandi-Ndaitwah is one of the party’s main spokespersons.[1] From 2005-10, she was the Minister of Information and Technology in Namibia's cabinet. She subsequently served as minister of Environment and Tourism until a major Cabinet reshuffle in December 2012, in which she was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs.[2]


Ndaitwah was educated at St. Mary's Mission in Odibo, obtained a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies[3] from Keele University, UK in (1989), she holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Relations, Keele University, UK (1988), a post-graduate Diploma, Public Administration and Management, Glasgow College of Technology, UK (1987). Diploma in work and practice of communist youth movement, Lenin High Kosomol School, USSR (1976).

Personal life[edit]

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is married to Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah, former Chief of the Namibian Defence Force.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hopwood, Graham. "Who's Who, entry for Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah". Namibia Institute for Democracy. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Shipanga, Selma; Immanuel, Shinovene (5 December 2012). "Transition team picked". The Namibian. 
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