Edna Molewa South Africa

Edna Molewa Bio, Biography, Cause of Death, Husband (Richard Molewa), Career, Controversies, Education, Funeral and Memorial Service

Edna Molewa Memorial Service and Funeral to take place on 3rd and 6th October 2018, respectively

Edna Molewa Biography

Edna Molewa Bio

Edna Molewa ( Edith Edna Molewa) was born on 23 March 1957 and died on 22 September 2018. She was a South African politician and member of the African National Congress. Molewa became the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa on 31 October 2010, as part of a cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. On May 25, 2014, her Ministry was split, and she was appointed Minister of Environmental Affairs. She replaced her predecessor, Buyelwa Sonjica. Molewa was studying towards a Bachelor’s in Communications through the University of South Africa.
Edna Molewa Personal details
Edna Molewa Birthday 23 March 1957
Edna Molewa Death 22 September 2018 (aged 61)
Edna Molewa Political party African National Congress
Edna Molewa Husband Richard Molewa
Minister of Environmental Affairs
In office
26 May 2014 – 22 September 2018
President Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Preceded by Position established
Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
In office
31 October 2010 – 25 May 2014
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Buyelwa Sonjica
Succeeded by Position dissolved
Minister of Social Development
In office
11 May 2009 – 31 October 2010
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Zola Skweyiya
Succeeded by Bathabile Dlamini
2nd Premier of North West Province
In office
30 April 2004 – 6 May 2009
Preceded by Popo Molefe
Succeeded by Maureen Modiselle

Edna Molewa Political career

Edna Molewa was part of South Africa’s liberation movement from 1976 through 1990. Over that time she was a member of various activist and regional economic development organizations. In 1984, she served as a chairperson of the South African Commercial, Catering, and Allied Workers Union and eventually became its deputy president. In 1994 Molewa became the first female Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry, and in 1996 went on to serve as a member of the Executive Council on Tourism, Environment, and Conservation.

She was also a member of the Executive Council on Economic Development and Tourism from 1998 through 2000. Between 2000 and 2004 Edna Molewa was a member of the Executive Council on Agriculture, Conservation and Environment Affairs. On 30 April 2004, she became the first woman Premier of the North West Provincial Government, a post she filled until 2009 and is credited with putting the province on a successful track. For a short time Molewa was appointed Minister of Social Development, but in 2010 became the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs after a cabinet reshuffle, replacing Buyelwa Sonjica. In May 2014 the department was split, and Edna Molewa became minister of the new Department of Environmental Affairs, a position she still holds.

Molewa was also the Head of Communications of the African National Congress Women’s League and a member of the organization’s National Executive Council since 2003.

Edna Molewa Controversies

In February 2013, while Minister of Water Affairs, Edna Molewa awarded an R419 million IT contract to Business Connexion instead of using the State Information Technology Agency. The department’s director general refused to sign off on the contract and was suspended by Minister Molewa. As a result, the suspended director general continued to receive a paycheck for roughly two years while fighting charges that were eventually dropped by the new Minister of Water and Sanitation.

Large-scale load-shedding events and nationwide blackouts have sparked controversy in 2014 and 2015 after government ministers gave conflicting reasons for the outages. While Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba gave vague reasons which included low water levels at dams, Minister Edna Molewa claimed that wet coal at mines in Mpumalanga was to blame. There has also been public concern over the government’s failure to address investment in energy production which has caused energy companies to struggle to meet demand. Scheduled maintenance on power stations has exacerbated problems with a vulnerable and constrained power grid.

Edna Molewa Education

University of South Africa B.Com, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Leadership course, Wharton Business School Certificate of Economic Leadership Development Programme.

Edna Molewa Husband

Edna Molewa was married to Francis Sethema until he died. The couple had four children. She later got married to Richard Molewa, professional Photographer and CEO at Upright Communications who had two kids Leepile (Son) and Ntebaleng Molewa (Daughter) from his previous marriage. The couple separated after an alleged affair between Edna and political commentator Professor Sipho Seepe in 2017.

Richard Molewa
Richard Molewa

Edna Molewa Death and Cause

Molewa died on 22nd September 2018 at the age of 61 after a period of illness.
It’s understood she had fallen ill during her official visit to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit held in China and passed on at a hospital in Pretoria.

Edna Molewa Funeral and Memorial Service

On 25th September 2018, the official dates of the Memorial and Burial of the late Edna Molewa were announced. Her official memorial service is scheduled to take place in Pretoria on Wednesday, 3 October 2018 as per the government announcement on Monday night, 24 September 2018.

Molewa’s official funeral took place on Saturday, 6th October 2018. Both the venues for the memorial and funeral services are still to be confirmed.

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared an official funeral for Molewa.


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