BIRTH NAME: Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi
DATE OF BIRTH: 07 August 1958
PLACE OF BIRTH: Phokwane Village in Limpopo
OCCUPATION: Politician and Medical Doctor
WIFE: Thelma Dikeledi
CHILDREN: Lethabo Motsoaledi
PARENTS: Sina Sekeku Maile and Kgokolo Michael Motsoaledi
Dr Aaron Motsoaledi is the Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa; a position she has held since 2009.
Early Life, Background And Childhood
Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi was born on the 07 August 1958 in Phokwane Village (Sekhukhune District) in Limpopo.
Dr Motsoaledi`s political awareness was awakened at the age of eight when he witnessed the arrest of a neighbour for not carrying a “dompas”. This awareness evolved during his high school years and was heavily influenced by the 1976 Soweto uprisings.While attending the University of the North at Turfloop he was often involved in student marches, demonstrations and sit-ins on campus and at the Mankweng police station.
Dr Motsoaledi’s mother is Sina Sekeku Maile and father Kgokolo Michael Motsoaledi was his school principal. He was part of a large family of seven boys and two girls.
Dr Motsoaledi is married to Thelma Dikeledi (Mpyane) and has three daughters and two sons. His eldest daughter is honouring the family tradition by studying medicine (his brother is head of dermatology at Medunsa and his sister registrar of microbiology at the same institution).
Dr Motsoaledi matriculated at Setotolwane High School and completed his pre-medicine course at the University of the North at Turfloop. He obtained his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MB ChB) from the University of Natal in 1983.
- Chairperson of the Sekhukhune Advice Office (1986 – 1994)
- Chairperson of Hlahlolanang Health and Nutrition Education Project (1989)
- Deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the then Northern Transvaal (1991 – 1992)
- Head of the ANC Elections Commission for Limpopo Province (1994)
- Head of the ANC Economic and Infrastructure Desk
- Head of the ANC Research and Briefing: Election Task Team in Limpopo (1994)
- Member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature (1994 – 2009)
- Member of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council for Education (1994 – 1997)
- Member of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council for Transport (1998 – 1999)
- Member of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council for Agriculture, Land and Environment (1999).
- Minister of Health (2019 to date)