Guest: Prof Somadoda Fikeni, Chairperson of Public Service Commission
Makashule Gana is a South African politician who served as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature for the opposition Democratic Alliance. He was previously a member of the National Assembly, where he was Shadow Minister of Human Settlements between 2014 and 2016. Gana also served as the Deputy Federal Chairperson of the DA until 2015. He was previously leader of the DA Youth and DA councillor in the City of Johannesburg, he holds a BSc degree and is currently registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Management at the Wits Business School.
Gana was born in Lefara Village in the town of Tzaneen on 11 August 1983. Gana matriculated from Giyani High School in 1999. In 2000, Gana enrolled for his undergraduate degree at the then University of the North (now known as the University of Limpopo), where he attained a Bachelor of Science Degree in 2003, with majors in mathematics and computer science. He also achieved a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Wits Business School in 2012.
Gana became a DA city councillor in June 2009 when he was elected to the Johannesburg Metropolitan Council, and later on, became DA Youth Federal Leader in July 2010. At the 2012 DA Federal Congress, he was elected as one of the three Deputy Federal Chairpersons of the party. As a result of this, he resigned as Youth Leader in May 2013. Mbali Ntuli was appointed as his successor. He was elected to Parliament for the DA in 2014 and served as the Shadow Minister of Human Settlements until November 2016, when he left the National Assembly to fill a DA vacancy in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. His move was part of a broader strategy to win the province in the 2019 elections.
He resigned from the DA and as a member of the Gauteng Legislature on 4 August 2022 and has vowed not to join any other existing political party, instead seeking to establish a new political alternative. Gana has been a constant within the DA for the past two decades, but believes that South Africa is thirsty for a new alternative and he wants to be part of those conversations.
Guest Presenter: Makashule Gana
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