Hon Pinky Kekana
Hon Deputy Minister: Communications and Digital Technologies
Ms Pinky Kekana is South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications& Digital Technologies and is Secretary General of PAWO. With a BA in Education, her career started out in teaching and her passion for South Africa’s youth, education and her commitment to improving opportunities for young people from all walks of life.
Ms. Kekana was elected to the Provincial legislature in 1999 and 2009. She has served as the Executive Mayor of Waterberg District and a MEC for Roads and Transport as well as a MEC for Economic Development, Environment and Tourism.
In 2014 she was elected to be a member of the South African National Assembly As a member of parliament, she served on the following committees:
- Standing Committee on Finance (National Assembly Committees)
- Ad Hoc Committee on the Filling of Vacancies in the Commission for Gender Equality In 2015
Her pollical career grew further when she was elected in African National Congress Women’s League National Executive Committee and subsequently deployed to be the Secretary-General of the Pan African Women Organisation (“PAWO”), where she committed herself to ensuring that all African women, particularly girl children are empowered.
From humble beginnings, Ms. Kekana understands and recognizes the vital importance of bridging the Digital divide between people living, working and travelling in regional and remote parts of the country and those in metropolitan cities. While society is rapidly moving towards using cutting edge technology and access to internet grows annually, the Deputy minister believes that rural South Africans should also have access to 21st-century communications to run their businesses, complete their studies and connect with family and friends.