Address by the Hon Minister of Social Development
The Hon Minister Ms Lindiwe Daphney Zulu
Minister of Social Development
Republic of South Africa
The Hon Minister Zulu is a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the chairperson for the African National Congress’s Sub-Committee on International Relations. After completing military and other training overseas, she returned to South Africa in 1991 and was appointed Head of Communication in the ANC Women’s League and was one of the ANC’s team of spokespersons for South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. After the elections, she was elected a member of the Gauteng Legislature and was appointed Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Legislature in 1995, and 1999 Ms Zulu was appointed the Special Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2003 she joined the private sector as the Executive Head of Government and International Relations at Vodacom mobile group.
In 2004 Ms Zulu became the South African Ambassador to Brazil. She was elected to the ANC National Executive Committee in 2007 and 2009. After 2009, Ms Zulu was appointed Special Advisor to the President of South Africa on International Relations. In 2014, Ms Zulu was appointed as the Minister of Small Business Development, and in 2019, she was appointed as the Minister of Social Development. Ms Zulu is particularly interested in issues relating to the promotion and protection of the rights of vulnerable groups (women, children, youth, and people with disabilities amongst others), and passionate about women empowerment and gender equality.