Dr Dlamini-Zuma to play a vital role in this year’s Top Empowerment Virtual Conference

Dr Dlamini-Zuma to play a vital role in this year’s Top Empowerment Virtual Conference

Written by Staff Writer

Jul 12, 2021


In just one day, Honourable Minister Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, will be taking her spot as the keynote speaker at the Top Empowerment Conference, taking place on the 14th & 15th of July. 

Dr Dlamini-Zuma is the former Chairperson of the AU, a physician, and well-respected veteran politician. As a passionate leader in empowerment, Topco Media is honoured that Dr Dlamini-Zuma will be joining in on all the action that will be taking place on the Top Empowerment virtual stage to deliver a powerful message on economic and business transformation.


A History of Empowerment 

Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma became the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in May 2019. She was Minister in The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from 27 February 2018 to 25 May 2019.

She was the Chairperson of ANC Youth Section in Great Britain in the late 70s, and was the Vice Chairperson of the Regional Political Committee of the ANC in Great Britain from 1978 to 1988. She then took on the role of Chairperson of the Regional Political Committee of the ANC, in Great Britain between 1988 and 1989.

Dr Dlamini-Zuma was also a founding member and the Director of the Health Refugee Trust (HEART), Health and Development Organisation in England from 1988 to 1990, and took up a role working for the ANC Health Department in Lusaka, Zambia in the late 90s. On her return to South Africa Dr Dlamini Zuma served as the Chairperson of the ANC Southern Natal Region Health Committee from 1990 to 1992 and as a member of the Executive Committee for the Southern Natal Region of the ANC in the 90s.  


List of Appointments:
  • Served as the President of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism (WCAR) Was the President of the Ministers’ Council for the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
  • Former Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Executive Council of Ministers, during South Africa’s tenures as AU Chairperson.
  • Was part of the South African Bid Committee of the 2010 FIFA World Cup and a member of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee from 2007 to 2010. 
  • She served as Commissioner for the Socialist International in 2007.
  • She is a member of ANC Women’s League National Executive Committee
  • Member of the Socialist International Commission on Climate Change and a Co-convenor of the National Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa since 2006
  • She is also a member of the African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC)


Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma was the Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from May 2009 to Sept 2012. Before her appointment as Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Dlamini Zuma played an important role as a Minister of Health from 1994 to 1999, and as Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from  June 1999 to May 2009.

One of her biggest accolades, Dlamini Zuma was elected by the African Union Commission as its Chairperson in July 2012. This deemed her the first woman to lead the organisation (including its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity). She served in this role from 15 October 2012 until 30 January 2017.


List of Awards: 
  • The Stateswomen of the year Award from BBQ (2004) 
  • The Order of Peter the Great: First Class, Russian Federation (2005)
  • Honorary Professor of the Belarusian State University (2007)
  • Huesped Illustre de la Cuidad de la Habana (Illustrious Guest of Havana City) decoration in Cuba and Huesped Illustre de la Cuidad de la Santiago (Illustrious Guest of Santiago) decoration, Chile.


Empowered By Education

Previously, she obtained her BSc degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Zululand. She also holds a MB ChB from the University of Bristol, and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from School of Tropical Medicine, University of Liverpool. 

Dr Dlamini-Zuma served as a Research Technician to Professor Adams, Medical School, University of Natal, Durban in 1972. Additionally, she also served as Vice-President of the South African Student’s Organisation (SASO) in 1976, and worked as House Officer, Surgery at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, England between 1978 and 1979. She was also the House Officer at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Berkshire, England, from 1979 to 1980.


Register to watch Honourable Minister Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma in action at the not-to-be-missed Top Empowerment Conference, and click here to view the programme.

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