MEC Profile


Mr Paul Mashatile

Current Position
Former Gauteng Premier, Paul Mashatile has been appointed as the MEC for  Human Settlements, Cooperative Government, and Traditional Affairs.

Previous Position
Mashatile has vast experience in government. He previously held several portfolios – Gauteng Premier and Minister of Arts and Culture. Before the  appointment, he was a Member of the Provincial Legislature (MPL) as Leader of the House.

With his wealth of experience in government he will bring more impetus to the implementation of new mega human settlements and in building  greater co-operation between the provincial and local spheres of government. ​

Political Participation
As a student, Mashatile was an activist in the struggle against apartheid as a member of the Congress of South African Students, and was the      co-founder and first president of the Alexandra Youth Congress. He was detained without trial from 1985-1989, and participated in a nationwide  protest by engaging in an 18-day hunger strike. When the African National Cong​ress and the South African Communist Party were unbanned in  1990, he helped re-establish them and continued to organize on their behalf.

Key Responsibilities
As MEC for Human Settlements, Mashatile is tasked with providing Gauteng residents with human settlements and coordinating the effective  functioning of local government to promote sustainable development in communities.​