Minister of Education (South Africa)

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The Minister of Education used to be a Minister in the Cabinet of South Africa, with the responsibility of overseeing the Department of Education, including South Africa's schools and universities.

On 10 May 2009 newly elected president Jacob Zuma split the education portfolio into that of the Minister of Basic Education and that of the Minister of Higher Education and Training.

Ministers with responsibility for Education[edit]

Minister Ministry Incumbency Under
Johannes de Klerk Minister of Home Affairs, Education and Arts and Sciences 1961-1966
Johannes de Klerk Minister of Education, Arts and Sciences and Information 1966-1967
Johannes de Klerk Minister of National Education 1968-1969
Johannes Petrus van der Spuy Minister of Education and Training
Ferdinand Hartzenberg Minister of Education and Training 1979-1982 PW Botha
Gerrit Viljoen Minister of National Education 1980-1989 PW Botha
Piet Clase Minister of Education and Culture 1984-1989 PW Botha
Gene Louw Minister of Education 1989-1990 FW De Klerk
Louis Pienaar Minister of Education 1990-1992 FW De Klerk
Piet Marais Minister of Education 1992-1994 FW De Klerk

Post-apartheid period[edit]

Minister Ministry Incumbency Under
Sibusiso Bengu Education 1994–1999 Nelson Mandela
Kader Asmal 1999–2004 Thabo Mbeki
Naledi Pandor 2004–2008
2008–2009 Kgalema Motlanthe
Angie Motshekga[1] Basic Education 2009–present Jacob Zuma
Blade Nzimande[1] Higher Education and Training 2009–present

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet". South African Government Information. 2009-05-10. Retrieved 2009-05-10. 

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