Tasneem Motara (born December 7, 1982) is a South African politician. She is a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature and the Gauteng MEC for Economic Development.
From May 2019 to October 2022, she served as a Member of the Executive Council for Infrastructure Development and Property Management.
Motara represented Gauteng in the National Council of Provinces from 2014 to 2019. She was the chief whip of the provincial delegation. She belongs to the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC).
In 2022, she assumed office as the Deputy Provincial Secretary. She served as a member of the Working Committee and African National Congress provincial Spokesperson in 2019.
|December 7, 1982 (age 40 years old)
|Place of Birth:
|Benoni, Transvaal Province
|University of South Africa
|African National Congress
|Gauteng MEC for Economic Development
Tasneem Motara was born on December 7, 1982, in Benoni, a town on the East Rand, Gauteng (former Transvaal Province). She comes from a family of mixed community activists and grew up in a politically active home.
“I joined the African National Congress (ANC) about 16 years ago. I grew up in a very politically active home: some of my family members were in exile, and some of them are still active in politics.”Tasneem Motara to People’s Assembly.
Her father is Indian, and her mother is colored. In her late teens, she joined the ANC and its Youth League. She has participated actively in the party for over seventeen years and has led from local to provincial structures.
After graduating from high school, Motara obtained a degree in psychology from the University of South Africa (UNISA). She also holds a certificate in Governance and Public Leadership from the WITS School of Governance.
Tasneem completed the IIPP Executive Education Program at the University of Central London.
Tasneem joined the African National Congress Youth League’s branch in Benoni in 2000. She participated in the South African Students Congress.
Motara has held many positions in the executive committees of many wards and branches. She serves on the African National Congress’ regional executive committee in Ekurhuleni.
After the 2014 general election, she represented Gauteng in the National Council of Provinces. She served as the chief whip of the provincial delegation.
In 2018, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group published a report on the ages of parliamentarians naming her the seventh youngest parliamentarian and the youngest ANC MP of both houses.
Motara joined the Gauteng Provincial Legislature after the 2019 Gauteng provincial election. She was sworn into office as an MPL in May 2019.
On May 29, David Makhura, the then Premier, appointed her a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Infrastructure Development and Property Management.
Motara serves as the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the African National Congress in Gauteng, elected on June 27, 2022. She assumed office as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Economic Development in October 2022.
Apart from the public sector, she has working experience in the private sector. She has worked in the financial and construction industries.
In 2010, Motara served as the Deputy Chairperson of the NYDA Gauteng Board. She held the position for two years before joining Parliament in 2014.
Tasneem Motara is married to Phiwe Maphanga. She is a mother of three children. The MP announced she was HIV positive in a 2013-word on Facebook after her former partner threatened to expose her. She says her status never bothered her.
The MP was diagnosed as HIV-positive after she became sick and went to the hospital over a decade ago. On July 3, 2020, she tested positive for COVID-19. She has two dogs, Coco and Louis.
- Member of the Executive Committee: Economic Development
- Constituency Head at ANC Constituency Office (131): Hammanskraal
- Member of Gauteng Provincial Legislature
- Member of African National Congress (ANC)
- Member of the Executive Council: Infrastructure Development and Property Management
- Member of Ad Hoc Committee on North West Intervention
- 18th Candidate at African National Congress Provincial Gauteng Election List 2019
- Alternate Member at Select Committee on Trade and International Relations (NCOP Committees)
- Alternate Member at Select Committee on Economic and Business Development (NCOP Committees)
- Member of the Joint Standing Committee on the Financial Management of Parliament
- Member of Ad Hoc Joint Committee on Appointment of Board Members to the National Youth Development Agency
- Member of Select Committee on Finance (NCOP Committees)
- Member of Select Committee on Appropriations (NCOP Committees)
- Delegate at the National Council of Provinces
- 50th Candidate at African National Congress Provincial Gauteng Election List 2014
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