South African Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies
Current South African Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies and the Secretary General of the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO).
Pinky Sharon Kekana is a South African politician, the current Deputy Minister of Communications (link to the Dept of Comms page on wiki), and the Secretary General of the Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO).
She hails from Bela-Bela, located in the Limpopo Province. Her first job was as a secondary school teacher at Bela-Bela High School, after completing her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Teaching. It was her experiences as a high school teacher, that fueled her passion for South Africa’s youth, education and her commitment to improving opportunities for young South Africans, from all walks of life.
It was her interest in politics though, that led her to the African National Congress. She was elected to the Provincial legislature in 1999 and later re-elected in 2009. She has also served as the Executive Mayor of the Waterberg District, the MEC of Limpopo Roads and Transport, as well as MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.
In 2014, she was elected as a Member of Parliament. In her role as a Member of Parliament, Kekana has been a part of a number of committees most notably the Standing Committee on Finance and the Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality.
In 2015 she was elected into the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress Womens League and its National Working Committee. She has subsequently been appointed as the Womens league Chairperson on International Relations and The Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) Secretary General.
In December 2017, she was elected by the ANC branches into the National Executive Committee, and in this capacity, she serves on several sub-committees of the ANC.
In March 2018 she was appointed as the Deputy Minister of Communications by President Cyril Ramaphosa. She was again appointed to this role in the 6th administration of a democratic South Africa, after the national elections of May 2019.
In this role, the Deputy Minister, recognises the vital importance of bridging the digital divide between people living, working and travelling in remote parts of the country with metropolitan cities.
As South Africa moves rapidly towards the large-scale adoption of digitisation and the use of cutting edge technology, through the current era of the 4th industrial revolution that is upon us, she believes that rural South Africans should have access to the same technological advantages to live, work, and play, as their city-dwelling counterparts. Her passion for connectivity and connection of all, for the betterment of society, is known throughout her administration.
Of all her roles, the only thing that she is more passionate about, than technology, is her commitment and absolute dedication to increasing the profile of women on the African continent through initiatives that promote women and equality broadly.
As the SG of PAWO, she drives the agenda of African women on the continent, have access to opportunities that will benefit them and their local communities. Her long term vision is to ensure that everyone, particularly women and girls, know a world where ‘women-firsts’ are no longer a pre-cursor to any statement!