Fellowship Year: 2024
Nationality: South Africa
Job Title: Member of Parliament and Higher Education, Science and Education Portfolio Committee Chairperson
Organisation: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

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Job Title: Member of Parliament and Higher Education, Science and Education Portfolio Committee Chairperson

Organisation: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

Professional History: Nompendulo Thobile Mkhatshwa is a South African politician serving as a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa for the African National Congress (ANC) and as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Innovation in Parliament. In 2019, she was elected to the National Assembly for the ANC national list, becoming one of the youngest ANC MPs elected.

Nompendulo became involved in student politics while at the University of the Witwatersrand and was one of the leaders of the #FeesMustFall movement at Wits, which became a national movement and led to subsequent national shutdown of South African universities. This led to the government providing fee-free tertiary education for students from households with an income bracket of R350 000 and below.

In 2018, she founded Yenza Foundation which focuses on youth, women, the environment, knowledge and the African continent.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor of Science in Geography - Wits University, South Africa
Post Graduate Certificate in Education - University of South Africa
Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management in Leadership - Regent Business School, South Africa

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