Membathisi Mdladlana

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Membathisi Mphumzi Shepherd Mdladlana
Ambassador to Canada
Assumed office
September 2012
Preceded by Mohau Pheko
Minister of Labour
In office
July 1998 – 30 October 2010
President Jacob Zuma
Kgalema Motlanthe
Thabo Mbeki
Nelson Mandela
Preceded by Tito Mboweni
Succeeded by Mildred Olifant
Personal details
Born (1952-05-12) 12 May 1952 (age 66)
Nationality South Africa
Political party ANC
Alma mater University of South Africa
Occupation Politician
Profession Teacher

Membathisi Mdladlana (born 12 May 1952[1] in Keiskammahoek, Eastern Cape) is a South African politician. He is the South African ambassador to Canada as at November 2012.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was the Minister of Labour of South Africa since appointment by Nelson Mandela in 1998 till 2010. A teacher by training, Mdladlana earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Africa in 1997 in education and the IsiXhosa language. From 1972-1981, Mdladlana was a teacher at Vukukhanye Primary School in Gugulethu, a township outside of Cape Town. From 1982-1994, he was the principal of Andile Primary School in Crossroads, Cape Town. In 1994, the Eastern Cape native was elected to the first multi-racial parliament in South African history with the African National Congress. In 1998, President Nelson Mandela appointed him to the position of Minister of Labour. He has served under four Presidents: Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe,[3] and Jacob Zuma.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2012-10-11. 
  2. ^ "SOUTH AFRICA HIGH COMMISSION IN CANADA". Retrieved 2018-01-11. 
  3. ^ Membathisis Mdladlana Archived 2009-04-24 at the Wayback Machine. at Who's Who SA