Rina Venter

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Elizabeth "Rina" Venter
Minister of Health
In office
President F. W. de Klerk
Preceded by Willie van Niekerk
Succeeded by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Personal details
Born (1938-12-09) 9 December 1938 (age 77)

Dr. Elizabeth "Rina" Venter (born 9 December 1938) was the Minister of National Health and Population Development[1] of South Africa, from 1989 to 1994. She served in the National Party government of F. W. de Klerk, and was the first woman in South African history to hold a cabinet post.[2]

During her time in office, Dr. Venter introduced stronger regulations on tobacco,[3] ordered the desegregation of South African hospitals[4] (albeit with less-than-optimal implementation),[5] and formulated a detailed plan for responding to the then-nascent AIDS pandemic.[2]

Venter retired from politics in 1994, and has criticized her successors for abandoning the AIDS response plan.[6]


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  2. ^ a b Meyer, Jani (10 October 2004). "The Aids plan that never saw light of day". Sunday Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Bateman, Chris (February 2009). "Quit smoking remedies hot favourites for EDL". South African Medical Journal. South Africa. Retrieved 20 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "S. Africa to Integrate Hospitals". Los Angeles Times. 16 May 1990. Retrieved 20 July 2010.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ Ottaway, Marina (1993). South Africa: the struggle for a new order. Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-8157-6716-9. 
  6. ^ "Nat minister 'surprised' by Manto's claim". The Star. 24 November 2005. Retrieved 20 July 2010.