Mr Samson Gwede Mantashe

Member of the National Assembly

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About Samson Gwede Mantashe

Following the 6th democratic elections, and with the expansion of the Ministry to include Energy, Mr Gwede Mantashe was appointed Minister of Mineral and Energy Resources in May 2019. Mr Mantashe was appointed Minister of Mineral Resources in February 2018.

Mr Samson Gwede Mantashe was born on 21 June 1955 at Lower Cala village in the then Transkei (now Eastern Cape Province). He started his political career as an activist in the Student Christian Movement.

Mr Mantashe holds a Master’s Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Bachelor of Commerce (Bcom) Degree from the University of South Africa, where he also completed a Bcom Honours. He is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Business Administration through MANCOSA.

In 1975, he was employed as a Recreation Officer at the Western Deep Levels Mine and, in the same year, moved to Prieska Copper Mines where he served as the Welfare Officer until 1982.

Working at the Matla Colliery in 1982, Mr Mantashe co-founded and became the Witbank branch Chairperson of the National Union of Mine Workers (NUM). In 1985, he was elected NUM Regional Secretary. A skilled mineworker and leader, Mr Mantashe was the NUM’s National Organiser from 1988 to 1993; and became the Regional Coordinator between 1993 and 1994.

From 1994 to 1998, Mr Mantashe was the Assistant General Secretary of the NUM. He was elected General Secretary at the union’s congress in 1998.

For his first stint in government, Mr Mantashe was elected Councillor in the Ekurhuleni Municipality from 1995 to 1999. He became the first trade unionist to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company – Samancor.

In May 2006, he relinquished his position as the General Secretary of the NUM at the union’s 12th National Congress. In the same year, Mr Mantashe was appointed the Executive Director at the Development Bank of Southern Africa for two years. He also served as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition.

In 2007, Mr Mantashe was elected Chairperson of the South African Communist Party and also served as a member of the party’s Central Committee. In December 2007, he was elected Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC) at the party’s 52nd National Conference. He was re-elected to the same position in 2012. At the ANC’s 54th National Conference, in 2017, Mr Mantashe was elected as the National Chairperson.

Source: Ministry of Mineral and Energy Resources

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2021 committee attendance as minister/deputy

Attended 8 meetings

2020 committee attendance as minister/deputy

Attended 5 meetings

2019 committee attendance as minister/deputy

Attended 6 meetings

2018 committee attendance as minister/deputy

Attended 2 meetings

2018 committee attendance as mp

100% attendance rate (1 of 1 )

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Declaration of interests

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Value of Contract Period of Contract Details of Contract and Management thereof Name of State Entity

Type of Business Activity Directorship/Partnership in any Corporate Body

Value Description Source

Description of Property Location – Area Extent of the Property









Public/Private Source







Nature Name of Company Number of Shares Nominal Value



Description of Journey Sponsor

Description of Benefit Source

Extent Description of Assistance/Sponsorship Source of Sponsorship

Type of Business Name of Employer

Value of any Benefits derived Name of Organisation Type of Business Activity

Name of Trust Trustee/Beneficiary Registration Number Details of all benefits derived

Directorship/Partnership Type of Business

Umthombe Farming Co- Operative Limited - Director

Primary Co-Operative

Savalga Trading - Director

Private Company

Siphamba Consulting - Director

Private Company

Amatakane Investment - Director Private Company

Muopiha Investments - Director

Private Company

Source Description Value

Council for Geoscience

Executive Bag


Description Extent Location

Farm - Owned by Siphamba Trust

534 Hectares





Self-Built House


Lowercala Village Cala

Liabilities: Vehicles

Personal Owned

Source Public/Private

African National Congress


Old Mutual - Invested


Nominal Value No Nature Name of Company

R2000.00 per month STANLIB


Unit Trust

R100 000.00


24 Hours Call Account


Source Description Extent

Gwede Mantashe Foundation

Raising Sponsors for Specific Need Example: In Past raised sponsorship for: 8 Firefighters for needy municipalities Football tournament Golf Day Once

Not Cash Based-Point Donation Based

Trustee/Beneficiary Name Of Trusts Registration Number

Wife - Trustee

Isiphamba Trust