Bethal born and raised - the Gauteng MEC for Health, Ms Qedani Dorothy Mahlangu is a seasoned Member of the Executive Committee. The MEC’s former portfolios include Infrastructure Development, Economic Development, and Social Development and Local Government.
MEC Mahlangu’s political career began in the late 80’s when she became a member of the South African Youth Congress (Sayco) and an ANC Youth League cadre from the early 90’s – she has served the party in various capacities, from branch to provincial and national.
After matriculating, MEC Mahlangu obtained a teaching qualification and thereafter studied for an Advanced Diploma in Economics with the University of the Western Cape (UWC). She further holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a qualification from Williams College in Massachusetts, USA. She was recently awarded an Honours Degree in Economics from UWC.
In 1998 MEC Mahlangu became a Member of Parliament, serving as the Gauteng Whip in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). After the 1999 elections she returned to the NCOP as the Chairperson of the Select Committee on Finance.
Thereafter, MEC Mahlangu was appointed to serve as a member of the Audit Commission overseeing the Office of the Auditor General from 2001 to 2004. She was instrumental in establishing the Joint Budget Committee, whose objective was to strengthen the oversight of Parliament over the executive on budget matters.
MEC Mahlangu was appointed to the ANC Elections Secretariat in 2003 and she continues to coordinate sectoral work in that structure. She was deployed to various Provinces to conduct organisational work until 2004. In that year, she was appointed MEC for Local Government, with the additional responsibility of becoming Provincial champion for gender matters.
MEC Mahlangu has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee since 2002 and is the convener of the Economic Transformation Committee in the Province.