In the midst of a rather cold welcome for most of the newly appointed ministers, Dlodlo has possibly had to do the least amount of work to win favour.
Inheriting a department from sacked Zuma loyalist Faith Muthambi, Dlodlo will have her work cut out for her – particularly at the embattled SABC. All indications are that she may be the one to turn things around, given her track record of being a good communicator.
Within the ANC, Dlodlo previously served as secretarygeneral for the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans’ Association. In 1980, at the age of 18, Dlodlo left home to join Umkhonto weSizwe in Angola and then went to Moscow, where she received military training in intelligence in 1984 and 1985.
Dlodlo served as the deputy minister of public service and administration from 2010. Her portfolio includes stints in various management roles at Telkom, Portnet and Sanlam. Her qualifications include postgraduate degrees in business management.
She made headlines recently for taking an unapologetic stance on land.
“By voting against the expropriation of land without compensation this week, the ANC went against its stated commitment to radical transformation,” Dlodlo wrote after the ANC’s rejection of a proposal by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to amend the Constitution to allow for expropriation without compensation.
On Friday, EFF leader Julius Malema gave Dlodlo’s appointment a nod of approval.