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David Makhura

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6th Premier of Gauteng
Assumed office
21 May 2014
Preceded by Nomvula Mokonyane
Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature
Assumed office
21 May 2014
Personal details
Born
Manemolla David Makhura

22 February 1968 (1968-02-22) (ageĀ 53)
Northern Transvaal Province (now Limpopo)
Political party African National Congress
Spouse(s) Mpho Makhura
Children 3
Alma mater University of London
University of Stellenbosch
Profession Politician

Manemolla David Makhura (born 22 February 1968) is a South African politician. He is currently serving as the 6th Premier of Gauteng following his election in 2014. He is also serving as a Member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Makhura is a member of the African National Congress (ANC). Makhura is also the trustee of the board of the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

Early life and career

Makhura was born on 22 February 1968 in Buysdorp in the Soutpansberg District of Limpopo.

Between 1984 and 2004 Makhura was involved in student and youth politics in the Azanian Student Movement, the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), and the South African Youth Congress, where he served various leadership positions.

As a young student activist, Makhura joined the underground structures of the banned African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1986 and 1987. During his student years at university, Makhura fought against financial exclusion at tertiary institutions. With pressure from student organizations, like the SA Student Congress (SASCO), of which Makhura had been the secretary-general, ensuring that students received funding.

Makhura served as the Provincial secretary of the ANC in Gauteng from 2001 to 2014.

Gauteng Premier

Makhura became the Premier of Gauteng in 2014 after succeeding Nomvula Mokonyane who went on to become a minister in the cabinet of Jacob Zuma. Makhura was the favourite of the provincial ANC leadership, which had in the past been opposed to President Jacob Zuma's leadership.

Health

In 2014 the newly built Natalspruit Hospital was officially opened and was christened as the "future of Gauteng Health" by Makhura. The Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi, who also attended the opening with Makhura, said that the equipment found inside the hospital was previously only found in private hospitals. The Natalspruit Hospital had cost R 1.7 billion to construct in a period of 8 years and was furnished with 821 beds.

While addressing senior managers, CEOs of Gauteng hospitals, health workers and professionals at the 2016 Khanyisa Service Excellence Awards. Makhura said that although Gauteng had been the best-performing province in 2015, the province could do better.

A survey suggested that 69% of people in Gauteng were satisfied with the provincial healthcare services. Makhura said that it was not good enough and was aiming for 80% satisfactory level by 2019. Makhura said that the Department of Health in Gauteng would spend more than R1.2 billion over three years on the modernisation of public health and R3 billion on equipment.

Employment

Makhura said that he had ambitions to grow the economy of the province, which will create employment for thousands of unemployed people in Gauteng.

Revitelisation of townships

Makhura said that the province was working on a concrete plan to revitalise old townships in the province. Makhura said that in order to change Human Settlements in five years the province was planning to build 140 000 houses around Gauteng.

All those developments would have major socio-economic benefits with regard to decent employment and economic inclusion.

2019 re-election and second term

Following the May 2019 elections, the ANC announced that it had retained Makhura in his position of Premier of Gauteng. His second term as premier commenced on 22 May 2019, after he defeated the Democratic Alliance's Solly Msimanga for the post.

Personal life

On 10 July 2020, Makhura announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, becoming the third premier in one week to test positive for the virus.

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