Ayanda Dlodlo

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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.

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