Thembi Nkadimeng

Minister ok Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (RSA)
Pretoria, Republic of South Africa

Thembisile Nkadimeng is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs after having served as Deputy Minister Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs from 2021 to 2023.

She is also the former President of the South African Local Government Association (2019-2021: SALGA). She served as Deputy President of SALGA before ascending to the position of President, being the only the 2nd female President of the organization since its formation. She also serves as Co-President of United Cities of Local Government (UCLG).

Ms Nkadimeng was the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo Province (2014 – 2021). She served in managerial positions in both public administration and in the private sector.

Ms Nkadimeng holds a Higher Education Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree as well as a BPhil (Political Studies) which she obtained from the University of Stellenbosch. In preparation for her numerous leadership roles, she also completed the Advanced Program in Management at Wits Business School and recently obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration. Ms Nkadimeng held various leadership positions and is held in high regard for her innovative thinking and commitment to her work.