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Buyelwa Patience Sonjica (born March 23, 1950[1]) is the South African Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs[2].

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Early life

Sonjica received degrees from Vista University and Rhodes University.[1] She worked as a student nurse and a teacher.[1]

Politics

In 1976/77 she was involved in student politics in East London. She was active against the Apartheid regime in the UDF and SADTU when the African National Congress was illegal in South Africa. After the readmission of the ANC, she became active for it in Port Elizabeth.

Since the 1994 general election, Sonjica is a member of South Africa's Parliament, and she was Deputy minister in the Department for Arts and Culture. In 2004, she was appointed as Minister in the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, in 2006 as Minister for Minerals and Energy[1], and in 2009 as Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs[2].

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