PROFILE OF KWAZULU-NATAL PREMIER NOMUSA DUBE-NCUBE
Born in KwaMashu township, Ambassador Nomusa Dube-Ncube made history on 10 August 2022 when she was sworn-in as the first woman Premier of KwaZulu-Natal since the political developments that gave birth to South Africa’s democratic dispensation in 1994.
Premier Dube-Ncube is an activist of the African National Congress (ANC), a daughter, wife and mother whose passion lies in honouring the contribution of women towards nation-building and the country’s transformative agenda.
Prior to her deployment as Premier, Dube-Ncube was the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) responsible for the Finance Portfolio in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government.
She was previously MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) in the province between May 2019 and November 2020. Premier Dube-Ncube also served as MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs for two terms between 2009 and 2019.
Premier Dube-Ncube is a seasoned local government practitioner and an astute policy maker, who holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is currently studying towards her PhD.
She serves as a Member of the KwaZulu-Natal Climate Change Council and also as a Board Member for the 911 Fund - a New York-based Non-Profit Organisation, established by former US President Barack Obama in the wake of one of the most devastating disasters in modern history and human development, the aerial attack on the landmark Twin Towers in New York in 2001.
Among Premier Dube-Ncube’s prestigious accolades and achievements includes being the Member of the Senate of the University Council of KwaZulu-Natal, the Chairperson of the Gender Working Group of African Union of Local Authorities as well as Member of Salga National Executive Committee.
Apart from providing strategic policy direction for the departments she has led as its political head, Dube-Ncube was also the Leader of Government Business within the Provincial Government of KwaZulu-Natal, a critical position she held with great diligence and distinction until her appointment as the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal.
As Leader of Government Business, Dube-Ncube provided oversight on the day-to-day running of the Provincial Government as it discharges its constitutional mandate in consultation with the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature.
Premier Dube-Ncube is also the former Mayor of the North Central Local Council – before the Local Authority of Durban was amalgamated with several others to form what is now a bigger municipality known as the eThekwini Metro (Durban). Subsequent to that, she was appointed the Speaker of the Municipality, which is South Africa’s second largest Metropolitan city and economic hub.
Following her remarkable term as Speaker of the eThekwini Metro, the ANC redeployed Dube-Ncube to serve as Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Thereafter, she was appointed back home to serve as Chief Whip of the ANC in the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Legislature.
Dube-Ncube grew up in the ANC ranks and has held various senior positions in the governing party including Deputy Secretary and Treasurer in KwaZulu-Natal.
Endowed with a lifelong passion of driving the empowerment of small and emerging businesses, at EDTEA, Premier Dube-Ncube was charged with ensuring that the province’s economic growth is sustained from SMMEs to big business and industries. Also topping her agenda is the issue of environment; its sustainability of the ecosystem as well as the wildlife.
She has already demonstrated her passion for the environment in her previous deployment where she utilised every platform afforded her to highlight the negative impact of climate change on the environment and communities. She has been piloting policies that emphasise the radical shift from unsustainable economic practices to eco-friendly business operations.