Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro South African politician
Is Politician 
From South Africa 
Type Politics 
Gender female
Politics African National Congress

Mmamoloko Tryphosa “Nkhensani” Kubayi-Ngubane is a South African politician who is the Minister of Tourism and a Member of the National Assembly for the African National Congress (ANC). She previously served as Minister of Science and Technology from 2018 to 2019, Minister of Communications from 2017 to 2018 and Minister of Energy in 2017.

Early life, education and career

Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane was born and raised in Soweto. She and her family lived in a shack. Her mother was a domestic worker and a strong African National Congress supporter. Kubayi-Ngubane fell pregnant at the age of 17 and gave birth to a son. Despite challenges, she matriculated from Thusa-Setjhaba Secondary School as the school’s top achiever in 1997 and subsequently became involved in student politics. She attended the Vista University’s Soweto campus and obtained a BA Degree in Psychology and Sociology in 2000. She achieved a Project Management Diploma from Damelin in 2002.

Kubayi-Ngubane was first employed as a Community Developer in the non-governmental sector. She was soon employed at First National Bank as a Skills Development Specialist, and, later on, found employment in the Business Banking Division at Nedbank. She soon worked in the public sector as a Skills Development Facilitator at the National Health Laboratory Services.

In 2015, she achieved a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of the Witwatersrand.

She later married Joel Sihle Ngubane on 16 September 2017. Her second child was born a few months later.

Political career and activism

Kubayi-Ngubane, while still in Vista University, joined the ANC Youth League and was elected to the university’s SRC. After working at the National Health Laboratory Services, she briefly became a director in the Office of the then-Deputy President of South Africa, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

In 2006, she was elected an ANC PR Councillor of the City of Johannesburg and became the Chairperson of municipality’s Portfolio Committee on Transport. At that exact time, she also served as a Provincial Executive Council (PEC) member of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng and soon became the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANCYL.

Kubayi-Ngubane was elected a Member of Parliament in 2009. She then worked as the Parliamentary Counsellor to the then newly-appointed Deputy President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe.

In her capacity as an MP, she has served as Whip of the Parliamentary Committees on Basic and Higher Education and Training, Private Members’ Legislative Proposals and Petitions. She was also acting Deputy Chief Whip of the ANC Caucus and a member of the Standing Committee on Appropriations, Rules Committee and the Programming Committee. Most recently, she served as Chairperson of the Telecommunications and Postal Services Portfolio Committees.

In March 2017, President Jacob Zuma appointed her as the new Minister of Energy. She succeeded Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Her appointment was seen as an advancement for the implementation of the controversial nuclear deal.

She briefly served until October 2017 when she was named Minister of Communications. In February 2018, newly-appointed President Cyril Ramaphosa announced her as Minister of Science and Technology.

Following the May 2019 elections, Kubayi-Ngubane was named the new Minister of Tourism, succeeding Derek Hanekom.