Ben Ngubane

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Ben Ngubane
Ambassador to Japan
In office
Succeeded by Gert Grobler
Minister of Arts and Culture
In office
February 1999 – April 2004
Succeeded by Pallo Jordan
2nd Premier of KwaZulu-Natal
In office
1 March 1997 – 9 February 1999
Preceded by Frank Mdlalose
Succeeded by Lionel Mtshali
Minister of Arts and Culture
In office
31 August 1996 – February 1999
Succeeded by Lionel Mtshali
Personal details
Born (1941-10-22) 22 October 1941 (age 75)
Camperdown, KwaZulu-Natal
Political party Inkatha Freedom Party
Alma mater University of Natal

Baldwin Sipho "Ben" Ngubane (born 22 October 1941)[1] is a politician from South Africa. He held multiple positions in the post-apartheid government of the country. In particular, he has been Premier of KwaZulu-Natal[2] and minister of Arts, Culture from 1994 until 31 August 1996 and from February 1999 until April 2004.[2]

He graduated MB ChB in 1971 from the Medical School of the University of Natal, Durban.[3]

Political career[edit]

In 1991 Ngubane was appointed Minister of Health in the KwaZulu government, a post he held until 1994. In 1992 Ngubane served on the CODESA working group which dealt with constitutional principles and constitution making. In 1993 he was involved in negotiations with the African National Congress on behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party.[4]

Other works[edit]

In 2004 he was appointed Ambassador to Japan,[3] until 2008.[5] In 2010, he was awarded the Grand Cordon of the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions "to the enhancement of the relationship and the cooperation in science and technology between Japan and South Africa".[6]

He later served as Chairperson of the South African Broadcasting Corporation board[7]


  1. ^ "SA History Online". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "GCIS Profile Information". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "O'Malley archives". Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
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  5. ^ "New storm breaks over Ngubane". Mail and Guardian. 28 May 2010. Retrieved January 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2010 Autumn Conferment of Decorations on Foreign Nationals" (pdf). Japanese Government. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
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