BIRTH NAME: Senzeni Zokwana
DATE OF BIRTH: 04 March 1956
PLACE OF BIRTH: Eastern Cape
Senzeni Zokwana is the of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries ; a position he has held since the 26th May 2014.
Early Life , Background And Childhood
Senzeni Zokwana was born on the 4th March 1956 in Eastern Cape. He attended Nquthurha Primary School, then Cwicwini Junior Secondary School and finally finished my basic education at Ezizweni Secondary School at Nqamakwe in the Eastern Cape.
Senzeni Zokwana is married and have six children, three boys and three daughters.
Senzeni Zokwana is also chairperson of the South African Communist Party and a Member of Parliament. He previously served as the president of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
He became involved in trade union activism in 1980 during the apartheid-era in South Africa at the President Steyn gold mine in the Free State. He joined the ranks of NUM in 1983, became a shaft steward in 1984 and was elected to the branch executive committee in the President Steyn Mine in 1985.
He subsequently moved up the ranks to become branch chairperson in 1987, vice regional chairperson in 1992 and regional chairperson from 1993 to 1994. He was first a shift overseer on safety matters and in 1995, he joined the NUM staff as a safety officer, after proving himself a dedicated advocate of modern mine safety techniques.
Mr Zokwane was elected as vice president in 1994; a position he held until 2000 when he was elected president. He was subsequently, re-elected for the role and held the position until 2014.
In 2005, he was elected as president of the International Chemical, Energy and Mine Workers’ Federation at a special election and was re-elected in November 2011.
Mr Zokwana was also elected as Vice-President of industrial Global Union at its founding congress on 19 June 2012.