Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor
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Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor
Minister, International Relations and Cooperation
South Africa

Hon. Grace Naledi M. Pandor is South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. She was previously Minister of Home Affairs, Minister of Higher Education & Training and Minister of Science and Technology.


Ms Pandor served as chairperson of the Union of Democratic Staff Associations at the University of Bophuthatswana, Mafikeng from 1988 to 1990 and she was chairperson of the Western Cape National Executive Committee of the National Education Coordinating Committee from 1991 to 1993. During this time, she was also a member of the ANC’s Western Cape Education Committee.


As a Member of Parliament, Ms Pandor served on the Portfolio Committee on Education and as convener of a sub-committee on higher education in 1994; she was ANC whip in the National Assembly between 1994 and 1995; and ANC deputy chief whip in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998.


In 2000, Ms Pandor was a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and a member of sub-committees on education, communications, archives and political education. She also served as Chancellor of Cape Technikon between 2002 and 2004, and she was a member of the Council of the University of Fort Hare during the same period.


She was listed in the second publication of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2020 by Avance Media.