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This resource is hosted by the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, but was compiled and authored by Padraig O’Malley. It is the product of almost two decades of research and includes analyses, chronologies, historical documents, and interviews from the apartheid and post-apartheid eras.

Jordan, Zweledinga Pallo

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Jordan was born on 22 May 1942 in Kroonstad, Orange Free State. 

Since 29 April 2004 he has been the Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa

His academic qualifications are: -

Ø     Studied at the University of Wisconsin in the United States of

Ø     America (USA) (1962).

Ø     Acquired a post-graduate degree from the London School of

Ø     Economics.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities: -

Ø     Member of the research unit of the African National Congress (ANC) in its Department of Information and Publicity (1975).

Ø     Appointed head of Radio Freedom (1977).

Ø     Appointed director of the ANC's first internal mass propaganda campaign, "The Year of the Spear", marking the centenary of the Battle of the Isandhlwana of 1879 (1979).

Ø     Head of the ANC's research unit of the Department of Information and Publicity 1980).

Ø     Elected to the National Executive Committee (NEC) (1985 to date).

Ø     Served as administrative secretary of the NEC Secretariat (1985 - 1988).

Ø     Served on the NEC's Strategy and Tactics Committee as convenor (1985 - 1989).

Ø     Director of Information and Publicity (1989).

Ø     Served on the NEC's sub-committee on negotiations and the NEC's sub-committee on Constitutional Guidelines.

Ø     Returned to South Africa after the unbanning of the ANC (1990).

Ø     Member of Parliament in the National Assembly (1994 to date).

Ø     Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Broadcasting (1996 - 1996).

Ø     Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (1996 - 1999).

Source: Ministry of Arts and Culture

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