Profile of Ms Bongi Sithole-Moloi, MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation
The appointment of the Ms Bongiwe Nomusa Sithole-Moloi as the new MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation was hailed as a step in the right direction by the people of KwaZulu-Natal across all corners of the province.
Speaking during a business breakfast on the 1st July 2016 at Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu remarked: “Unity can be achieved if we celebrate together national days such as Diwali, Rosh Hashan, Eid, Heritage Day, Shaka Day and many other days of importance in our lives. We must demonstrate that we are indeed proud sons and daughters of a united KwaZulu-Natal. The MEC will roll-out programmes that will enable us to show the world that we accept our diversity and that we respect different cultures and different religions and faiths.”
He further noted: “Over the years, as the people of KZN we have hosted international sporting and business conferences to the amazement of the world. We have produced athletes and artists that are respected the world over because of their amazing talent not because of the colour of their skin. The MEC has been deployed to ensure that we remain in the national and global map because of our talent. Importantly, she will unleash new talent which we must export globally, in the process bring in much needed foreign currency and ensure the integration of KwaZulu-Natal with economies of the world.”
Ms Bongiwe Nomusa Sithole-Moloi and what is her thinking?
“The role of local government in promoting economic growth, job creation and alleviation of poverty has poignantly been expressed in array of policy frameworks formulated by the ANC-led government,” she quipped.
“It is for these reasons that I undertake to ensure that during this term of office, we promote entrepreneurship within the creative industry in order to create a thriving local economy.”
“Importantly, we want to ensure that sports becomes a catalyst for nation building, giving every child and every member of society the opportunity to contribute towards the creation of a winning province,” she concluded.
Ms Bongiwe Nomusa Sithole-Moloi and her profile?
A dedicated daughter of the soil, a political activist and an administrator at heart, as described by those who have worked with her. They attest to her commitment towards the total development of KwaZulu-Natal, economically and socially.
She is credited for consolidating the membership of the ANC in the once political violence-ravaged Natal Midlands Region in the early 90s. She was the most trusted organizer and a membership co-ordinator for the ruling party. She worked closely with the late Harry Gwala, Mfenendala Xaba, Dr Zweli Mkhize and many more other senior leaders of the ANC.
She is known for her passion for local government having served many structures that ushered in the local sphere of government shortly after the democratic dispensation. She reported directly to the KZN Provincial Government and National Council of Provinces.
She served in the following capacities:-
- Mayor of uMgungundlovu District Municipality between 2000-2008;
- ANC Chief Whip and Executive Committee Member of the South African Local Government Association;
- Chairperson of the Economic Development Working Group of the South African Local Government Association (both KZN and National structure). Between 1999 and 2000;
- Administrator of the ANC Caucus office in the KZN Legislature between 1997 and 1999
- Marketing Manager for uKwazi Technologies
She matriculated at Siphesihle High School in Inchanga and obtained Bachelor of Social Science at the University of Cape Town in 1996. She obtained a municipal management certificate at the University of Durban Westville in 2002. She further studied Labour Law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and obtained her qualification in 2004.