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Minister Rob Davies, Dr | Deputy Minister Thandi Tobias − Pokolo | Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe | Director−General Lionel October

Minister Rob Davies, Dr

Personal
   • Date of Birth: 12 May 1948
Current Position
   • Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009.
Academic Qualifications
   • Honours degree in Economics
   • Masters degree in International Relations from the University of South Hampton, UK.
   • Doctorate degree from the University of Sussex in Political Studies.
Career/Memberships/Positions/Other Activities
   • Member of Parliament since 1994.
   • Member of both the African National Congress (ANC) and South African Communist Party (SACP) in Mozambique.
   • Returned to South Africa in August 1990 and worked in the Department of Economic Policy at ANC Head Office in Johannesburg.
   • Professor and Co-Director of Centre for Southern African Studies at University of the Western Cape 1990-1994.
   • Undertook policy research for ANC and Southern African Development Community (SADC) 1990-1994.
   • Member of the South African Ministerial delegation to World Trade Organization (WTO) in Seattle (1999), Doha (2001), Cancun (2003) and Hong Kong (2005).
   • Led South African Delegation to the African, Caribbean, and Pacific (ACP)-European Union.
   • Joint Parliamentary Assembly (JPA) since 1995-2005.
   • Member of the Joint Parliamentary Assembly Bureau and ACP Co-Vice President of Human Rights 2003-2005.
   • Member of Eminent Persons Group put in place by the Global Coalition for Africa (2003).
   • Member of both Central Committee and Political Bureau of the SACP.
Contact Details
    Postal Address
Private Bag X 274
Pretoria, 0001
+27 (12) 394-1568
+27 (12) 394-0337
INeethling@thedti.gov.za
       

Deputy Minister Thandi Tobias - Pokolo

Current Position
   • Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009.
Contact Details
    Vanessa January
Private Bag X 274
Pretoria, 0001
+27 (0)82 775 9623
+27 (12) 394-0373
+27 (12) 394-1588
VMJanuary@thedti.gov.za

       
       

Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe

Current Position
   • Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry of the Republic of South Africa since 1 November 2010.
Academic Qualifications
   • Course 1: Public Economics Implementing Sustainable Strategies in a Globalising World (UWC, William College Center for Development Economics, FADTRU)
   • EPRI Economic Policy Course: Achieving Globalisation Potential: Economic Strategies for Job Creation and Poverty Reduction (UWC, William College Center for Development Economics, FADTRU)
   • Certificate in Economics, from the University of South Africa (Unisa); and
   • Advanced Diploma in Economics (UWC)
Career/Memberships/Positions/Other Activities
   • Former Trade Unionist.
   • Member of Parliament since 1994;
   • Convener of the ETC
   • Former Deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League, in the Gauteng province;
   • Member of the ANC Provincial Executive Committee of the Gauteng province's Women's League;
   • Member of the Ekhuruleni Region of the ANC Regional Executive Committee;
   • Co-ordinator of the East Rand Women's League RTT structure;
   • Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, from 22 June 2005 - 10 May 2009;
   • Provincial Whip and House Whip, from 1996 - 2004;
   • Member of ANC National Parliamentary Caucus;
   • Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs and Tourism, from 2004 - June 2005; and
   • Participation in the following Committees of National Assembly:
   • Member of the Labour Portfolio Committee,
   • Member of the Trade and Industry Committee,
   • Member of the Rules Committee,
   • Member of the Joint Rules Committee,
   • Member of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and National Assembly Programme Committee,
   • Member of the Chief Whips Forum,
   • Convener of Human Resources Cluster, Strategy Meeting, Whips Forum, ANC Women's Parliamentary Caucus, Multi-Party Women's Caucus, and
   • Parliamentary SADC Representative.
       
   

Contact Person:

Zanele Bambo
+27 (12) 394 1492 
+27 (21) 461 7191 
+27 (0)71 361 0129
ZBambo@thedti.gov.za

       

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 Person:

Ellen Msiza
+27 (12) 394-3075
EMsiza@thedti.gov.za