Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities
Minister Lulu Xingwana holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Wits University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development and Leadership Studies from Harare, Zimbabwe and a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Principles from the University of London.
She has vast experience working in civil society structures, parliament and government. From 1981, she was a member of the Federation of South African Women. She worked for a literacy organization, Learn and Teach and later joined South African Council of Churches (SACC) as a Director of Women Development Programme.
From 1991-1994, she headed the Development Section of the ANC Women’s League and was also the Chairperson of Malibongwe Rural Development Project for women (1998-2000)
She was a Member of the first democratic Parliament and served as the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Women Caucus from 1999-2004. She also chaired the Joint Monitoring Committee on Improvement of Quality of Life and Status of Women.
From 2004-2006, she was Deputy Minister of Minerals and Energy where she encouraged women participation in these sectors through Women in Energy in South Africa (Woesa) and Women in Mining (SAWIMA). From 2006-2009, she was the Minister of Agriculture and Land Affairs and spearheaded the establishment of Women in Agriculture and Rural Development (WARD).
From 2009-2010, she was Minister of Arts and Culture where she highlighted the role of women in various forms of art and encouraged development and empowerment of women in this sector.
In November 2010, she was appointed the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities.