Thembisile Nkadimeng is the Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. She is the former President of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). She served as Deputy President of SALGA before ascending to the position of President, being the only the 2nd female President of the organisation since its formation. She also serves as Co-President of United Cities of Local Government (UCLG).
Ms Nkadimeng was the Executive Mayor of Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo Province. She served in managerial positions in both public administration and in the private sector.
Ms Nkadimeng holds a Higher Education Diploma, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree as well as a BPhil (Political Studies) which she obtained from the University of Stellenbosch. In preparation for her numerous leadership roles she also completed the Advanced Program in Management at Wits Business School. Ms Nkadimeng held various leadership positions in the structures of her political party, the current ruling party - the African National Congress (ANC).