Pallo Jordan

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Dr Zweledinga Pallo Jordan (born 22 May 1942 in Kroonstad, Free State) is a South African politician. He is a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, and was a cabinet minister from 1994 until 2009. He studied at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in the United States (1962) and also acquired a post-graduate degree from the London School of Economics.


  • He was a member of the research unit of the African National Congress (ANC) in its Department of Information and Publicity (1975)
  • He was appointed head of Radio Freedom (1977)
  • He was appointed director of the ANC's first internal mass propaganda campaign, The Year of the Spear, marking the centenary of the Battle of Isandlwana of 1879 (1979)
  • He was named head of the ANC's research unit of the Department of Information and Publicity (1980)
  • He was elected to the National Executive Committee (NEC) (since 1985)
  • He served as administrative secretary of the NEC Secretariat (1985–1988)
  • He served on the NEC's Strategy and Tactics Committee as convenor (1985–1989)
  • He was the director of Information and Publicity (1989)
  • He served on the NEC's sub-committee on negotiations and the NEC's sub-committee on Constitutional Guidelines
  • He returned to South Africa after the unbanning of the ANC (1990)
  • He was elected to be a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly of South Africa (since 1994)
  • He was Minister of Posts, Telecommunications, and Broadcasting (1994–1996)
  • He was Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (1996–1999)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Broadcasting
Succeeded by
Jay Naidoo
Preceded by
Dawie de Villiers
Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism
Succeeded by
Valli Moosa
Preceded by
Ben Ngubane
as Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology
Minister of Arts and Culture
29 April 2004–10 May 2009
Succeeded by
Lulama Xingwana