Nandi Mayathula-Khoza was the mayoral committee member for community development and the Speaker of the council between 2000 and 2006 before she was appointed by Premier as the MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development.
A qualified teacher by profession, Mayathula-Khoza taught maths and science for three years before switching to politics and governance. But it seems teaching is still her first concern, and the empowerment of women and youth.
She says teaching is her love. But she would not want to teach in the traditional setting, in a classroom. When she retires she wants to mentor and coach women aspire to be leaders in government.
She completed her BSc degree in Swaziland . She also has development management certificate from the University of the Witwatersrand and she is keen to complete her master’s degree in management.
In 1994 Mayathula-Khoza moved into serious politics and governance – she was deployed by the ANC as a municipal councillor and in 1997 became mayor of Soweto . She is a member the ANC Women’s League, the Valued Citizens’ Board and the Multiparty Women’s Caucus, and sits on the Rand Water Board.
She was born in Joburg and she has four children. Her leisure time is spent visiting friends and family in the township. She enjoys cooking on the weekends, with Sundays being family days – they go to church and back home, talk about the week and school, and prepare the day’s meal together. Otherwise everyone takes a turn at cooking during the week, including her husband. Amazingly, she finds time in her week for exercise – she goes to the gym, plays squash and is a beginner golfer.