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Naledi Grace Mandisa Pandor

Naledi Pandor in front of the Eiffel Tower

In office
Preceded by Kader Asmal
Succeeded by Blade Nzimande

Assumed office 

Minister of Science and Technology
In office
2009 – Incumbent
Preceded by Mosibudi Mangena

Born July 12, 1953 (1953-07-12) (age 56)
Durban, Natal
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Sharif Joseph Pandor
Children 4
Religion Islam

Naledi Pandor (born July 12, 1953) is the South African Minister of Science and Technology.[1] She was appointed to the cabinet following the 2004 South African general elections.


Early life

Naledi Grace Pandor (née Matthews), was born in Durban, Natal, her grandfather was Z.K. Matthews, a respected anti-apartheid teacher and reformist, who was a member and Cape President of the African National Congress.


She was elected to parliament in 1994 and was appointed Chairperson of The National Council of Provinces by President Thabo Mbeki in 1999. She served as Minister of Education from 2004 until 2009 under Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe. She oversaw a complete overhall of the Education system under her tenure. She was appointed Minister of Science and Technology in May 2009 by President Jacob Zuma.


As minsiter of education from 2004-2009, Pandor was a great advocate for the public schooling system in South Africa. Ironically pandor's youngest daughter attended Hershel, an exclusive all girl's private day school in cape town South Africa[2] .


  1. ^ "South African Government Information". Ministry of Science and Technology. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  2. ^ Candes Keating (May 20, 2005). The Star Times. 

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