Chairperson of the Gauteng Speakers Forum
Hon. Lentheng Helen Mekgwe
Honourable Lentheng Helen Mekgwe started her political activism during her teen years, participating in the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) while in high school, and subsequently extended her activism to the ANC Youth League.
At the dawn of democracy, she was elected as Mayor of the Nigel Transitional Local Council serving from 1995 to 2000. When the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality was established, she was elected as a ward councillor as well as the Speaker of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Council from 2001-2006. She was subsequently re-appointed as the Speaker of the EMM Council in 2006, a position she held until July 2008.
She remains a dedicated and active member of both ANC, and the Women's League where she served as Regional Secretary. She has served as a chairperson of the Regional Executive Committee in Ekurhuleni. In May 2010, she was elected as Provincial Treasurer of ANC in Gauteng. Speaker Mekgwe holds various tertiary qualifications which include a certificate in Municipal Development Programme, a Diploma in Local Government, a Diploma in Human Resource Management, a Diploma in Adult Basic Education and a Diploma in Public Management. She is currently studying towards a B Admin Degree.
Her sterling performance has earned her an award for being the Best Woman Councillor in Local Government in Gauteng in 2007. She has been involved in several major projects and campaigns, such as the renaming of the OR Tambo International Airport. Throughout her leadership in local government she has displayed great astuteness, integrity and discipline. She was serving as Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, having been elected in July 2008 until the time she was appointed the Gauteng MEC for Health and Social Development in November 2010.
In July 2012 her excellence in working with the public saw her being moved to the Department of Local Government and Housing. In her capacity as the Speaker of Gauteng Provincial Legislature, she is also the Chairperson of the Gauteng Speakers Forum.