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28 September 2018

With the death of environmental affairs minister Edna Molewa, South Africa and the international community lost a visionary leader who elevated the portfolio to global stature and who was instrumental in the design and implementation of the national environmental policy.


Molewa was a South African politician and member of the African National Congress. She became the minister of Water and Environmental Affairs of South Africa on 31 October 2010, as part of a cabinet reshuffle by the then president Jacob Zuma. On 25 May 2014 her ministry has been divided and she was appointed minister of Environmental Affairs.

Prior to her death, Molewa was studying towards a bachelor’s degree in communications through the University of South Africa. 


During her tenure, Molewa was involved in South Africa’s liberation movement from 1976 through 1990. During that time, she was a member of various activist and regional economic development organisations.


Molewa worked very hard to advance the integrated strategic management of rhino through a variety of conservation-minded efforts.


A memorial service for Molewa was held at the Christian Revival Church in Silverlakes, Pretoria, on 27 September 2018. 


We extend our sincerest condolences to the friends, family and colleagues of Molewa.

Bomo Edith Edna Molewa (23 March 1957 – 22 September 2018)

 

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