Kgosientso Ramokgopa Bio, Net Worth, Age, Wife, Children, Qualifications
A civil engineer by training, Kgosientsho ‘Sputla’ Ramokgopa has been appointed as South Africa’s new minister of electricity, as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday, 6 March, 2023.
Ramokgopa most recently held the position of head of investment and infrastructure in the Presidency. However, he entered formal politics as an ANC ward councillor in the early 2000s.
Kgosientso Ramokgopa Biography
Kgosientso “Sputla” Ramokgopa (born 25 January 1975) is a South African politician who is the incoming Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity. He was the Mayor of Tshwane from 2010 to 2016. He was also a Member of the Executive Council in the Gauteng provincial government in 2019 and currently works in the Presidency of South Africa
Kgosientso Ramokgopa Early Life
Kgosientso David Ramokgopa was born on 25 January 1975. His family is originally from Ga-Ramokgopa village in what is now Limpopo province. He had seven siblings and matriculated in 1991 in Atteridgeville, a township to the west of Pretoria, now part of Gauteng province.While a child, he was nicknamed “Sputla” for his soccer prowess.
He has a Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, Master’s degrees in public administration and business leadership, and a PhD in public affairs. While studying civil engineering at the University of Durban-Westville, he became involved in politics through the South African Student Congress (SASCO) and the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League.
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Kgosientso Ramokgopa Career
Ramokgopa’s formal political career when he was elected to represent the ANC as a local councillor in Tshwane’s ward 51, where he served from 2000 to 2005 while also working as a transport engineer. For the half decade after his resignation as a public representative in 2005, he held a range of positions in public and private entities, first as chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Trading Company, a public entity under the City of Johannesburg municipality, from 2004 to 2006. He was also deputy chairperson of the Limpopo Board of Trade and Investment and, from 2006 to 2010, chief executive officer of Johannesburg Market. In the latter position he was named 2008 Boss of the Year.
At the same time, Ramokgopa was active in the provincial ANC, and by 2010 was chairperson of the party’s large regional branch in Tshwane. His candidacy for the Regional Chairperson position in 2009 received the support of the regional branch of the ANC Youth League. According to the Mail & Guardian, Ramokgopa played an important role at the Gauteng ANC’s provincial elective conference in May 2010, working with Nat Kekana to amass support for Paul Mashatile’s successful campaign to be re-elected as ANC Provincial Chairperson in a contest with Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. In July 2010, sources told the newspaper that, partly because of his support for Mashatile, Ramokgopa was a leading candidate for promotion to a mayoral position, although some regional ANC leaders reportedly argued that he was too young for the job.
In the weeks after Ramokgopa resigned from the Executive Council, City Press and News24 reported that the ANC was considering Ramokgopa for deployment to a range of public offices, including possibly in Premier Makhura’s office, at a state-owned enterprise like Eskom or Trasnet, or as Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy following the death of incumbent Bavelile Hlongwa. On 4 November 2019, less than a month after Ramokgopa’s resignation as MEC, the Presidency announced that Ramokgopa had been appointed head of the new Investment and Infrastructure Office under President Cyril Ramaphosa. The office was established to develop and coordinate South Africa’s investment strategy, and Ramokgopa reported directly to the President. He retained the position as of 2022 and Investec described him as “respected and competent”.
Ramokgopa also remained active in the ANC, although he failed to gain re-election to the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee at the next provincial elective conference in July 2022. When the ANC held its 55th National Conference in December 2022, Ramokgopa was elected to the party’s National Executive Committee for the first time; by number of votes received, he was ranked 49th of the 80 candidates elected, receiving 1,229 votes across the 4,029 ballots cast in total.
On 6 March 2023, Ramokgopa was appointed Minister in the Presidency responsible for Electricity by president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Kgosientso Ramokgopa Wife and Children
Ramokgopa married Georgia Shekeshe, following a traditional wedding ceremony in Atteridgeville in late 2014. They met early in Ramokgopa’s mayoral term, when Shekeshe served as personal assistant in his office. At the time of their wedding, they had a two-year old son.
Kgosientso Ramokgopa Net Worth
Kgosientso Ramokgopa estimated Net Worth is under review.
|Name||Kgosientso “Sputla” Ramokgopa|
|Date of Birth||25 January 1975|