Minister of Arts and Culture, Nkosinathi Emmanuel "Nathi" Mthethwa, Mr

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Purpose and Functions of the Ministry

The executive authority has a responsibility to give political and strategic direction to the Department and its agencies to ensure that they deliver on this mandate.

The role of the Minister or Executive Authority is outlined in section 7 of the Public Administration Act of 1994

In order to play this role the executive authority needs to have sufficient political, strategic and administrative support capacity.  

The Public Service Act of 1994 and Chapter 8 of the Ministerial Handbook outline the   support requirements for the Executive Authority (The Ministry).

These requirements are informed by the following Key Performance Areas in the Ministry, which are necessary for the executive authority to perform his/her duties optimally.     

The following are the Key Performance Areas of the Ministry.

Ensure that administrative support is rendered to the executing authority on Parliamentary and Cabinet matters.

This would, inter alia, entail the following:

  • Ensure that events in Parliament are monitored to identify matters that have a bearing on the portfolio of the executing authority and coordination of parliamentary questions.
  • Ensure that an efficient and effective parliamentary service is rendered.
  • Ensure that the movement between the Pretoria and Cape Town offices for parliamentary sessions are co-ordinated and controlled.
  • Deal with Parliamentary and Cabinet matters as the need arises.

 

Ensure that the required administrative functions are performed within the office of the executing authority.

This would, inter alia, entail the following:

  • Ensure that liaison with internal and external role-players with regard to   matters relating to the portfolio of the executing authority is done.
  • Ensure that a Cabinet support service is rendered to the executing authority.
  • Personally liaise with internal and external role-players and render a Cabinet support service as the need arises.

 

Assist the executing authority with his/her constituency work.

This would include, inter alia, the following:

  • Liaise with relevant role-players in the constituency and other political structures.
  • Resolve constituency matters referred to the Ministry.
  • Follow up and monitor requests received from the constituency.

 

Assist the executing authority with matters emanating from his/her portfolio and official matters emanating from other activities, e.g. participation in national and international forums and structures.

This would include, inter alia, the following:

  • Co-ordinate and follow-up on requests and instructions of the executing authority to institutions within his/her portfolio.
  • Serve as link between the executing authority and the institutions within the portfolio of the executing authority.
  • Compile documents and briefing notes as required for the executing authority.
  • Verbally brief and/or ensure that the executing authority receives documentation and briefing notes for meetings timeously.
  • Manage the VIP security of the executing authority with the SAPS.
  • Conduct research as required by the executing authority.
  • Give strategic leadership on, and co-ordinate communication with, the media on the portfolio and other activities of the executing authority.
  • Manage special projects as required by the executing authority.
  • Oversee the management and maintenance of the official residence of the executing authority by Public Works.

 

Manage the office of the Ministry.

This would include, inter alia, the following:

  • Develop and manage the strategic and operational plans of the office of the executing authority.
  • Manage the budget of the office of the executing authority.
  • Manage the human resources in the office of the executing authority.
    • Ensure the efficient and effective utilization of human resources.
    • Ensure that the necessary personnel are recruited and retained within budgetary constraints.
    • Ensure sound employment relations.
    • Quality control of the work delivered by supervisees.
    • Advise supervisees with regard to all aspects of the work.
    • Serve as the formal disciplinary authority with regard to the employees in the office of the executing authority.
    • Ensure that supervisees are trained and developed to be able to deliver work of the required standard efficiently and effectively.
    • Establish, implement and maintain efficient and effective communication arrangements with employees in the office of the executing authority.

 

Study the relevant Public Service and departmental prescripts/policies and other documents and ensure that the application thereof is understood properly.

                   This will entail inter alia:

  • Remaining up to date with regard to the applicable prescripts/policies and procedures that apply to his/her work terrain.
  • Remaining abreast with the procedures and processes applicable to the office of the executing authority.

In order to build the necessary capacity to allow the Ministry to deliver on its Key Performance Areas, a structure is proposed in relation to the identified roles.

Personal

  • Date of Birth: 23 January 1967
  • Other: Writing and Sports.
 
Current Positions
Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel "Nathi" Mthethwa is the Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa from the 26 May 2014.

He is also a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC); member of the ANC National Working Committee (NWC) and an active member of King Dingiswayo branch of the ANC in KZN.

He was elected as the first Branch Secretary of ANC in Klaarwater in KZN since 1990 and has been a member of Parliament from 2002.
 
Academic Qualifications

Mr Mthethwa holds a Diploma in Community Development from University of Natal; a Certificate in Mining Engineering from University of Johannesburg and a Certificate in Communications and Leadership from Rhodes University.

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

He has been a member of the Klaarwater Youth Organisation from the age of 15 in KZN between 1982 and 1983; and as a Chairperson of the Klaarwater Youth Organisation from 1987 to 1989.

He has also served as a Shopsteward of Food and Allied Workers Union (FAWU) where he was recruited into the underground work of the ANC as part of Operation Vula between 1988 and 1989. He was arrested during Apartheid Regime's state of emergency in 1989; and later he was elected as Secretary of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO) in Southern Natal and as a Chairperson of the Southern Natal Unemployed Workers Union, an initiative of Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) between 1989 and 1990 respectively.

He became Regional Secretary of the Southern Natal African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) from 1990 to 1992; and he was elected to the NEC of the ANCYL and served in its NWC as Secretary for organization from 1994 to 2001. Later in that year he was deployed into the ANC National Organising team during the period 2001 to 2002.

As member of Parliament Mr Mthethwa had served as a Chairperson for Minerals and Energy Portfolio Committee from 2004 to 2008; and as Chief Whip of the ANC in 2008. He also served on the Board of Directors of 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organisation Committee.

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Police; Mr Mthethwa was the Minister of Safety and Security of the Republic of South Africa from 25 September 2008 to 10 May 2009. Mr Mthethwa was the Minister of Police of the Republic of South Africa since 11 May 2009 till 25 May 2014.

Research/Presentations/Awards/Decorations/Bursaries and Publications

Mr Mthethwa has Contributed articles to Mayibuye and Umrabulo Publications.