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Minister Rob Davies, Dr | Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina | Director−General Lionel October

Minister Rob Davies (MP)

  Minister Rob Davies
     Dr Rob Davies is serving his second term as Minister of Trade and Industry, having been appointed to this portfolio in May 2014.

During his first term from 2009-2014, he oversaw the development and implementation of annual three year rolling Industrial Policy Action Plans as well as steering South Africa's participation in important trade relations, including the Tripartite SADC-COMESA-EAC Free Trade Area, BRICS, Economic Partnership Agreement with EU, the US Africa Growth and Opportunity Act, and World trade Organisation Bali package. Between 2005 and 2008 he was Deputy Minister in the same Department. An ANC MP since 1994, Rob Davies served as Chairperson of the Portfolio Committees of Finance and Trade and Industry as well as the Constitutional Assembly Sub-Committee responsible for drafting Charter 13 (Finance).

Before entering Parliament, Rob Davies was Professor and co-Director of the Centre of Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape and before that Professor Auxiliar at the Centro de Estudos Africanos at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. An anti-apartheid activist for many years, Rob Davies joined both the ANC and the SACP while in exile in Mozambique. He is currently a member of the Central Committee of the SACP and of the National Executive Committee of the ANC. Academically he holds an Honours degree in Economics from Rhodes University, a Masters in International Relations from the University of Southampton in the UK and a Doctorate in Political Studies from the University of Sussex.

 
Contact Details
    Postal Address
Private Bag X 274
Pretoria, 0001
+27 (12) 394-1568
+27 (12) 394-0337
INeethling@thedti.gov.za
       

Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina

 
    An astute politician, manager and business executive, Mzwandile Masina's career rise has been meteoric and his successes hard-earned. He is currently the National Convener of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) tasked with the responsibility of rebuilding structures of the League National, including repositioning the ANCYL to be more militant and radical and to give meaning to the second phase of the transition, which will be characterised by radical economic transformation with a special focus on dealing decisively with poverty, unemployment and inequality. Previously, Mr Masina was the Chief Executive Officer at the Gauteng Film Commission, a statutory agency charged with the responsibility of promoting Gauteng as the destination for film production. He also worked as Deputy Director-General at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. His solid background and experience in both business and the public sector enable him to bring a wealth of experience to the dti as the new Deputy Minister.

Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina
    Mr Masina's solid credentials as a leader have enabled him to navigate through diverse and complex political and business environments with ease, establishing focused teams and results-oriented systems for organisations he has served. He previously worked as Chief Director of the Department of Mineral Resources responsible for the Office of the Minister and later Special Projects. He worked as Director: Economic Empowerment in Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, and for the Ntsika Enterprise Promotion Agency as Programme Manager responsible for Targeted Groups. He was also a Director: Business Development and Customer Care at the dti before joining Uthingo Management as General Manager: Empowerment.

    He studied at the University of the Witwatersrand School for Public and Development Management as well as at the University of Pretoria, where he graduated with a Masters Degree specialising in Entrepreneurship. His thesis was titled Barriers Experienced by Craft SMMEs in Accessing International Markets: A Study Conducted in Gauteng Province. He has attained numerous international and local short executive and development programmes, where he gained knowledge and insight into various business management practices and policy environment.
       
    He was named the Youth Leader of the Year in 1999 by the ABSA Foundation and Rand Afrikaans University (renamed University of Johannesburg) for his outstanding leadership role. In 2008, he was named the most innovative employee of the year by Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, for the conceptualisation and successful implementation of the "One Company One Job" initiative.
       
    Mr Masina is a patriotic citizen and his extensive community involvement is inspired by the needs of young people, particularly in the areas of education and skills development. He has served as the General Secretary of the South African Youth Development Programme, where he was responsible for policy input during the formation of the National Youth Commission. He also played a leading role in the establishment of Katorus Youth in Action and was elected as Chairperson for three consecutive terms. He was later nominated to serve as Chairperson of the Board.
       
    At the age of 16, Mr Masina became involved in youth active politics and became a full member of both the ANC and ANCYL after their unbanning. He served in various capacities from street and section to zone and branch leadership structures before ascending to the Regional and Gauteng Provincial leadership of the ANCYL. During the same time, he was active in student politics and went on to become Chairperson of COSAS and later a member of SASCO, where he was instrumental in championing progressive policies aimed at ensuring that more youth enrol in universities across the country. He served as the ANC Enkululekweni Branch Secretary and is currently elected into the ANC Ekurhuleni Regional Executive Committee (REC). Due to his role as the head of the ANCYL, Mr Masina sits on the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), National Working Committee (NWC) and Deployment Committee.
       

Director-General Lionel October

    Mr Lionel October was appointed Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry from 21 April 2011.

Lionel October was appointed the Acting Director-General (DG) of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) in South Africa on 01 January 2011. Prior to his appointment as Acting DG, he served as the Deputy Director-General (DDG) responsible for the enterprise and economic development portfolio, and served as an Economic and Trade diplomat at the South African Embassy in Brussels from 2007 to 2011. He was instrumental in key trade negotiations with the European Union.

Under his leadership as the DDG, the dti has spearheaded key industrial and enterprise development policies such as the National Industrial Policy Framework and Action Plan, and the development and implementation of Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment legislation, to name a few.

Current Position
    Director-General of the Department of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa.

Academic Qualifications
   • University of London, Masters degree in Economics
   • University of the Western Cape, Legal Degree

Career/Memberships/Positions/Other Activities
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As an experienced Economist, he held various senior positions related to trade unions, including being appointed as the General Secretary of the South African Clothing and Textile Union.

   • He previously served on boards of a number of public policy bodies and government agencies, such as the IDC and the COEGA Development Corporation.
 
Contact Details
    Ellen Msiza
+27 (12) 394-3075
EMsiza@thedti.gov.za