List of Minister of Higher Education Till Date


The Minister of Higher Education is a Minister in the South African Cabinet that has the responsibility of overseeing the Department of Higher Education, which is responsible for higher education.

Before 10 May 2009, the portfolio was part of the Ministry of Education, with responsibility for both basic education and higher education, the former now being the responsibility of the Minister of Basic Education.

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Minister of Higher Education

Ministers with responsibility for Higher Education

Minister Ministry Incumbency Under
Sibusiso Education 1994-1999 Nelson Mandela
Kader Asmal Education 17 June 1999 – 2004 Thabo Mbeki
Naledi Pandor Education 2004-2008
Education 2008-2009 Kgalema Motlanthe
Blade Nzimande Higher Education and Training 2009-2017 Jacob Zuma
Hlengiwe Mkhize Higher Education and Training October 2017 – 26 February 2018
Naledi Pandor Higher Education and Training 26 February 2018 – 29 May 2019 Cyril Ramaphosa
Blade Nzimande Higher Education, Science and Technology 30 May 2019 – present Cyril Ramaphosa


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