Barbara Hogan

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Barbara Anne Hogan
Minister of Public Enterprises
In office
10 May 2009 – 31 October 2010
Succeeded by Malusi Gigaba
Minister of Health
In office
25 September 2008 – 10 May 2009
Preceded by Manto Tshabalala-Msimang
Succeeded by Aaron Motsoaledi
Personal details
Born (1952-02-28) 28 February 1952 (age 63)
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Ahmed Kathrada

Barbara Hogan (born 28 February 1952[1]) is the former Minister of Public Enterprises in the Cabinet of South Africa.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hogan attended St Dominic's Catholic School for Girls, Boksburg and gained a degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.[3][4]

Political activity[edit]

Hogan joined the African National Congress in 1976 after the Soweto Uprising,[3] many years after the organization had been declared illegal and had moved its activities underground. Her responsibilities in this movement were to mobilize the white political left, participate in public political campaigning and supply the ANC underground in Botswana with information about trade union and community activity in South Africa. Hogan was detained in 1982 for ‘furthering the aims of a banned organization’ and after being interrogated, ill-treated and held in solitary confinement for one year, she became the first woman in South Africa found guilty of high treason[3] and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Hogan was released in 1990 with the unbanning of outlawed organizations and together with other political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela. Upon release she played a pivotal role in restructuring the ANC in her capacity as secretary of the PWV regional office.

When Kgalema Motlanthe took office as President on 25 September 2008, he appointed Hogan as Minister of Health to replace Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.[5]

Hogan is a member of the advisory board of the Amandla AIDS Fund (AAF), which was established by the nonprofit organization Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) in 2003 with a $2.5 million donation from Carlos and Deborah Santana, which represented the entire net proceeds of the 2003 U.S. Summer Santana Shaman tour.[6] AAF provides grants to effective South African efforts to combat AIDS and also develops innovative, collaborative programs. Amandla means "strength" or "power" in Zulu, Xhosa and other South African languages. The AAF advisory board, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, includes leading South African HIV/AIDS experts and AIDS activists who help select effective South African organizations and programs to receive grants. In the past year, AAF has allocated and granted over $1.25 million to HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention and treatment programs.[7] ANSA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the African AIDS pandemic and advancing democracy and equality in South Africa, also works to further civil rights and safeguard voting rights in the U.S.[7]

Hogan was named Minister of Public Health in September 2008 on the basis of her financial managerial skills, which were urgently needed in the rundown Department of Health, according to her in a 2008 interview by News24.[8] Although Hogan was not a medical professional, she said that she had a very capable deputy, Dr Molefi Sefularo, who was a medical doctor and had been very engaged in the healthcare sector. Hogan helped the South African government address the AIDS pandemic among South Africans almost a decade of denial and neglect by the previous Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

In May 2009, she was appointed to the Ministry of Public Enterprises, from which she was axed in 2010 by President Jacob Zuma. In Dec 2015 she denounced the president for sacking the then finance minister (Nhlanhla Nene) and called on the citizenry to "rise up and say enough is enough"[9]


Hogan was included in the 2009 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[10]

On April 13, 2011, Hogan received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, alongside her husband Ahmed Kathrada.[11]


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