People with Disabilities
Mr Andrek Panyaza Lesufi
MEC FOR EDUCATION
Andrek Panyaza Lesufi was appointed MEC for Education in June 2014.
Lesufi, 45, was born and raised in Tembisa, north of Johannesburg. He led youth and student structures in Tembisa before being arrested under the 1988 Apartheid Emergency Regulation for belonging to then banned organizations (ANC, MK and COSAS).
MEC Lesufi served in government in various positions such as Special Advisor to the Minister of Basic Education, Head of Communications for Education, SCORPIONS, and South African Police Service (SAPS).
Inquisitive and adventurous, he has played multiple roles in the theatre of his life. He also served for three terms as Branch Secretary of the ANC Tembisa Branch, before becoming Deputy Regional Secretary of the then ANC Kayalami Region, a position he held for almost nine years, and was the founding Deputy Regional Secretary of the ANC Ekurhuleni Region.
He has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee since 2007, and attended almost all National Conferences and Policy Conferences of the ruling party. He serves in the National Communications Forum as well as on various ANC sub-committees.
Lesufi is the founding leader of the Association of Senior Managers of the State (ASMOS) – a body that coordinates the affairs of senior managers in government. He is a recipient of the University of Natal‘s Chief Albert Luthuli Award, presented to him by former President, Thabo Mbeki. The university furthermore bestowed on him the Best SRC President Ever Award in recognition of his leadership qualities.
He also worked within the NGO sector as Outreach Manager of the Tembisa Careers Centre, in community structures, such as the Community Policing Forum (CPF), as Secretary of COSAS and the South African Tertiary Institutions Sports Congress (SATISCO-Durban), and as Chairperson of the Creative Arts Society (CASOC).
Lesufi is currently studying towards a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) Degree.
He matriculated at Vital Link Student Cooperation and went on to study Business Administration at the University of Natal in Durban where he was voted President of the SRC. He served in the Senate, Council and EXCO of the University and was awarded the Best SRC President ever by the University Natal as well as the Albert Luthuli Inter-Personal Relations Award.
Amongst Lesufi’s main tasks is to ensure smart service delivery of quality public education, to promote a dynamic citizenship for socio-economic growth and development.
He must drive the department to be at the cutting edge of curriculum delivery, providing access to quality lifelong learning opportunities. His department is committed to eliminating inequality in education. He is an advocate of Information Technology Communication (ICT) in schools and has introduced the revolution of the paperless classes.