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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

Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina

    An astute politician, manager and business executive, Mzwandile Masina's career rise has been meteoric and his successes hard-earned. Mr Masina is currently serving as the Regional Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in Ekurhuleni. Previously, he was the Chief Executive Officer at the Gauteng Film Commission, a statutory agency. He also worked as Deputy Director-General at the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. With his solid background and experience in both business and the public sector, he brings a wealth of experience to the dti as the new Deputy Minister.

Mr Masina's solid credentials as a leader have enabled him to navigate with ease through diverse and complex political and business environments, establishing focused teams and results-oriented systems for organisations he has served.

Deputy Minister Mzwandile Masina
    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. 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 of Governance in 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 entitled 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.
    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 the organisation's unbanning. He served in various capacities, from street, section to zone and branch leadership structures, before ascending to the regional and Gauteng provincial leadership of the ANCYL. During this period, he was also active in student politics and went on to become the Chairperson of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and later a member of the South African Student's Congress (SASCO), where he was instrumental in championing progressive policies aimed at ensuring that more youth enrol in universities across the country. During the course of his political career, he has also served in the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), ANC National Working Committee (NWC) and was a member of the ANC Deployment Committee when he was the National Convener the ANCYL. He is currently a member in good standing of the ANC Enkululekweni Branch.
Contact Details
    Ms Nkosazana (Khosi) Mkefa
+27 12 394 1572

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

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