NORTH WEST FORMER PREMIERS (Celebrating 20 years of Democracy)
Popo Simon Melefe
1994 - 2004

In 1994 Molefe was made Premier of the Bokone-Bophirima Province, a position he held until April 2004. Molefe was born in 1952 in Sophiatown, Johannesburg. He was one of eight children, and spent most of his youth living with his aunt. His mother was a domestic worker and his father a labourer, and he grew up poor. He is a Christian, and has always been involved in religious organisations. In 1990 Molefe became involved with the African National Congress (ANC) directly, which had just been unbanned. In the same year he was elected chairperson of the ANC’s Alexandra branch and deputy chairperson of the ANC’s PWV region. In 1991 Molefe was elected to the NEC of the ANC and to the National Working Committee of the ANC, positions he still holds. He became involved with rebuilding the ANC, was appointed chairperson of the 80th Anniversary Celebration Committee of the ANC and in 1992 became chairperson of the national elections commission of the ANC. Molefe became involved in the establishment of the Soweto Civic Organisation, and served on its Committee of Ten between 1982 and 1984. In 1983 Molefe participated in the formation of the United Democratic Front (UDF). He was elected Secretary for the Transvaal region, and later served as national secretary. He was involved in the UDF throughout its existence, and played an important role in the Front, aside from when he was in prison.Read more about Popo Molefe [PDF].

Bomo Edna Molewa
2004 - 2009

Edna Molewa is the Minister of Environmental Affairs in South Africa. She is serves as a member of the African National Congress Women's League National Executive Council. She also serves as Chairperson of the African National Congress Women's League in the Bokone Bophirima Province and has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee, since 1996. Molewa  serves as Premier of Bokone Bophirima Province from April 2004 to May 2009; as a member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Tourism, Environment and Conservation in Bokone Bophirima Province from 1996 to 1998; as MEC for Economic Development and Tourism in Bokone Bophirima Province from 1998 to 2000; and as MEC for Agriculture, Conservation and Environment in Bokone Bophirima Province from 2000 to 2004. She has also served as Chairperson of the ANCWL in the Bokone Bophirima Province; as Provincial Treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Bokone Bophirima Province until May 2005 and as Chairperson of ANC in the Bokone Bophirima Province from May 2005 to May 2008. She is former Minister of Social Development and Water Affairs. Molewa is currently serving as Minister of Environmetal Affairs. Read more about Bomo Edna Molewa [PDF].

Maureen Modiselle
2009 - 2010

Maureen Modiselle was a Premier of the Bokone Bophirima province from 6 May 2009 to Nov 2010. She was born in Vryheid, on 7 February 1941. Modiselle returned to Mafikeng in 1990, after spending many years in North America and Canada. She is currently serving as the High Commissioner of South Africa to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.Prior to her appointment she had served had as a member of the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Legislature from 1994; a member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Safety and Liaison for the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Government from 1999 to 2001; MEC for Economic Development and Tourism from 2001 to 2004 and MEC for Finance from 2005 to 2009. She was a member of the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Executive Committee from 1994 to July 2008; a member of the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Working Committee of the ANC from 1994 to 2008; Provincial Treasurer of the ANC in the Bokone Bophirima from 1994 to 1998 and 2005 to 2008. Ms Modiselle was a member of the Bokone Bophirima Provincial Growth and Development Steering Committee; a member of the Bokone Bophirima Premier's Economic Advisory Council and as a Chairperson of the Bokone BophirimaStanding Committee on Finance and Agriculture. She also acted as MEC for Social Development between 2008 and 2009. Read more about Maureen Modiselle [PDF].
Thandi Modise
2010 - 2014

On 19 November 2010 Modise was appointed Premier of Bokone Bophirima province. Thandi Modise, the youngest of six children, was born on 25 December 1959 in Huhudi township near Vryburg in the Bokone Bophirima Province. Her father, Frans Modise, a railworker, was an African National Congress activist. In 1976 she slipped over the border into Botswana to join the ANC and was later transferred to Angola where she received military training at Nova-Katenga and Funda camps. At times there were only 30 women out of a total of 500 trainees. On some occasions she was the only woman in the camp. After training she worked in the camps as a political commissar. Modise also received political education, sitting in open classrooms, under trees, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Modise served on the ANCWL National Executive from 1991 to 1993, when she was elected deputy president a position she held until 2004. Between 1998 and 2004 she also served as chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Defence and the Joint Standing Committee on Defence, and as a Member of Parliament. In addition, Modise  serves as the Deputy Secretary General of the ANC and also a member of its National Executive Committee. In addition, she serves as the Chairperson of Council of the Robben Island Museum. Read more about Thandi Modise [PDF].

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