Naledi Pandor Biography: Age, Husband, Career & Net Worth


Naledi Pandor (born 7 December 1953) is a South African politician who currently serves as the Minister of International Relations.

She has previously served as Minister of Higher Education and Training and the Minister of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa. Pandor is also an academic, educationist and lecturer.

Naledi Pandor

Naledi Pandor Age

She was born on 7 December 1953 in Durban, Natal Province, Union of South Africa. Pandor is 70 years old as of 2023 and celebrates her birthday on December 7th every year.

Naledi Pandor Parents

Her parents are Regina Thelma and Joe Matthews. Her father was  a political and anti-apartheid activist and the son of academic Z. K. Matthews.

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Naledi Pandor Education

She is an alumnus of Gaborone Secondary School where she had her secondary education. She has a  bachelor’s degree from the University of Botswana and fulfilled a Diploma in Education and an MA degree from the University of London between 1978 and 1979.

Naledi Pandor Husband

She is married to Sharif Joseph Pandor. They have four children together. She converted to Islam after she met her husband.

Naledi Pandor Career

Pandor was a teacher at Ernest Bevin School in London in 1980. From 1981 to 1984, she taught in Gaborone, Botswana and from 1984 to 1986, she was a lecturer at the Taung College of Education in North West. Between 1986 and 1989, Ms Pandor was a senior lecturer in English at the University of Bophuthatswana and from 1989 to 1994, she was a senior lecturer in the Academic Support Programme of the University of Cape Town.

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She served as chairperson of the Union of Democratic Staff Associations at the University of Bophuthatswana, Mafikeng from 1988 to 1990 and she was chairperson of the Western Cape National Executive Committee of the National Education Coordinating Committee from 1991 to 1993. During this time, she was also a member of the ANC?s Western Cape Education Committee.

Pandor was also ANC chairperson for Athlone Central branch and executive Chairperson of the Desmond Tutu Education Trust and chairperson of the Western Cape School Building Trust. She served as deputy chairperson of the Tertiary Education Fund of South Africa from 1992 to 1995; and later as chairperson of the fund. She also served as deputy chairperson of the Joint Education Trust Board of Trustees from 1993 to 2001.

As a member of Parliament, she served on the Portfolio Committee on Education and as convener of a sub-committee on higher education in 1994; she was ANC whip in the National Assembly between 1994 and 1995; and ANC deputy chief whip in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998.

Pandor has also served as deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) from 1998 to 1999, and as chairperson of the NCOP from 1999 to 2004.

In 200, she was a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and a member of sub-committees on education, communications, archives and political education. She also served as Chancellor of Cape Technikon between 2002 and 2004; and she was a member of the Council of the University of Fort Hare during the same period.

From April 2004 to May 2009, she served as Minister of Education and from May 2009 to October 2012 as Minister of Science and Technology. She was appointed as the Minister of Home Affairs again from 4 October 2012 to 25 May 2014.

Naledi Pandor Net Worth

Pandor has an estimated net worth of $1 million which she has earned from her successful career.

Contact Details

Postal Address: Private Bag X152, Pretoria, 0001

Street Address: 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, Pretoria

120 Plein Street, Parliamentary Precinct, Cape Town

Phone: 012 351 1000, 021 464 3700

Fax: 012 329 1000, 021 465 6548



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