The political career of Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko began in the late eighties when she worked for the South African Railway and Harbour Workers Union (SARHWU). She commenced this component of her career as the Administrative Secretary, and was later promoted to Education Officer at the same Institution. Nomantu had an ardent interest for the working class and it is this that had paved the way for her future political career as she became the Political Education Officer and Assistant Secretary in the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL).
Her commitment to the Struggle, led to an upsurge in her career in the ANC, resulting in her being appointed as the ANCWL Deputy Chairperson in Gauteng in 2011 as well as Executive Member of the Progressive Women’s Movement. In 1994, during the first democratic election campaign, she was assigned the position of Chief Administrator for the Voter Education Department of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) after which she assumed a support position at the “Malibongwe” Development Unit wing of the ANC Women’s League.
Her political and executive training, both local and in the Soviet Union allowed the ANC to deploy her, to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL) in the position of Senior Administrator – her motto being “I want to first crawl before I can run”.
In 1999 she became a member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL). From 2001 to 2004 she was an ANC Whip and from 2004 to 2008 she was Caucus Treasurer for the ANC. As her career progressed she became Chairperson of the Agriculture and Rural Development Portfolio Committee at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL).
In 2009, she became the Chairperson of Roads and Transport Committee at the GPL after which she assumed the position of the Chairperson for the Standing Committee of Chairpersons. In 2018, Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko assumed the position as Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, a position she held until March 2019.
Presently, she is the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Gauteng Province as well as a member of the Provincial Working Committee (PWC), including the Progressive Women’s Movement.
After the National Elections which took place on 08 May 2019, the African National Congress won the sixth (6) administration term of office and on 29 May 2019 Ms Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko was then apointed as a Member of the Executive Council responsible for Education and Youth Development. Subsequently, MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko was later appointed as the Member of the Executive Council responsible for Finance in the Gauteng Province. This portfolio is an amalgamation of two departments: Gauteng Provincial Treasury and Department of e-Government.
Her political experience can thus be summarized as follows:
African National Congress (ANC)
• ANC Branch Secretary – Yeoville Branch (Prior to Demarcation)
• ANCWL Regional Secretary – Johannesburg Region
• ANCWL Deputy Chairperson – Gauteng Province
• ANCWL Malibongwe Development Unit
• ANC Caucus Treasurer
• ANC Senior Support to “Malibongwe” Development Unit wing of the ANC Women’s
• ANC Provincial Deputy Secretary (Current)
• Executive Member of the Progressive Women’s Movement (Current)
Gauteng Provincial Legislature (GPL)
• ANC MPL at Gauteng Provincial Legislature (Current)
• ANC Whip at Gauteng Provincial Legislature
• Chairperson of the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee at the GPL
• Chairperson of Roads and Transport Committee at the GPL
• Chairperson for the Standing Committee of Chairpersons
• Deputy Speaker of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature Other Organizations:
• Chief Administrator for the Voter Education Department of the Independent
Electoral Commission (IEC)
• South African Railway and Harbour Workers Union (SARHWU)
• Convenor of the Governance Cluster and Faith Based Organisations (FBO) for the
It is therefore evident that she has served at all levels of ANC political structures from branch level all the way up to the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) level.
Her outstanding achievements are to a large extent due to her zeal to serve South Africa and its people and her commitment to the Struggle. She was conferred with the Sheila Weinberg Award in Gauteng (2005 and 2006) for the best performing Parliamentary Constituency Office in the Gauteng Province.
MEC Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko is also passionate about improving her academic knowledge, and has graduated with the following qualifications:
• Wits Business School
• Diploma in International Relations and Labour Relations issues – Academy of
Labour and Social Relations in Moscow.
• Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Economics and Economic Principles –
University of London.
• Diploma in Public Policy and Development – University of Witwatersrand
• Diploma in Public Management – Regenesys School of Governance
• Business Studies and Sport Management Diploma – Boston City Campus
• Post Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management, specializing in Transitional
Justice and foreign Diplomacy – University of Johannesburg School of Leadership
Apart from her being constantly striving to better her career, she also enjoys a very happy family life. MEC Nkomo-Ralehoko is also blessed with a Son and a Daughter whom she adores dearly. She enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and loves reading.
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