Mr Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa
MEC for Human Settlements and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
A Member of the Legislature since 1999, Moiloa has held various positions, such as Party Whip and Chairperson of the Public Participation and Petitions Committee. In 2007, he was deployed as Chairperson of the Economic Development Committee. In 2009 after the elections, he was again deployed as the Chairperson of Committees in the Gauteng Legislature. He also participated in various development courses, which he completed as Member of the Legislature. His studies have included Micro and Macro Economics, Public Economics and Finance and Project Management.
Moiloa has completed an advanced course in Public Policy and Development Management with the University of Stellenbosch and is currently enrolled for an Honours programme in Public and Development Management. He is also studying for an advanced programme in Economics and Public Finance with the University of South Africa.
A member of the Bahurutshe royal family, Dikgang Uhuru Moiloa was born in Krugersdorp in 1958 but relocated to his Tswana national group's home in Dinokana, Zeerust. Moiloa's political involvement was shaped by an early address that was delivered by the late Onkgopotse Abrahm Tiro in 1973. Powerful presentations by student activists such as Zacharia Tolo and Blade Modisane and the influence of the Zeerust African Students Association (ZASA) which Moiloa became An Executive Member of, contributed to the growth of his political consciousness. Soon after the launch of ZASA in 1975, Moiloa and all members of his association were rounded up by the Zeerust Security Branch, detained and tortured.
The experience of torture and being in a police cell at the age of 17 years had become the main influence as to why he decided to join the struggle for freedom for the rest of his life. The story about his uncle Paramount "Chief" Abraham Moiloa, a leader of the anti-pass campaign of the early 1950s, having led his people to exile and many village folks being banished and imprisoned; and his mother Flora Kentshitswe telling them how she led the women of Zeerust burn their passbooks in 1957 - combined to politicise Moiloa from an early age.
When the struggle intensified, Moiloa joined the ANC's military wing, recruiting combatants, transporting weapons and organising safe houses for fellow activists. Growing up in the Zeerust area, which borders Botswana, contributed immensely towards his ability to cross the border without being detected by the apartheid security forces. He was detained with 16 others at the unveiling of Solomon Mahlangu (MK soldier) who was hanged by the government and was acquitted after a yearlong trial.
Whilst Moiloa had already been detained for political reasons from as early as 1975, the rapture of youth anger against apartheid education during June 16 1976 and the death in detention of Steve Bantu Biko and assassination of Abram Onkgopotse Tiro at Bookenhout High School, contributed to the deepening of his resolve to become part of the organised anti-apartheid movement. His high school years were spent in Pretoria. In 1979 he became a founding member of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS) and later an active member of the United Democratic Front (UDF). During this time, he was a "good client of the security forces", being detained regularly.
Moiloa, became active in the Trade-Union movement MGWUSA and FAWU while he was a municipal employee.
In the early 1990s, after the unbanning of the ANC and other political organisations, he became the first Chairperson of the ANC Kagiso branch and also Chairperson of the West Rand sub-region of the ANC. Moiloa led the Local Government negotiations with the Krugersdorp chapter of CODESA as it worked towards a new constitutional dispensation for a post-apartheid South Africa. He was subsequently deployed as Provincial Coordinator of the ANC in Gauteng, and later in the Research and Policy department. From 1994 to 2005 he was Coordinator of the elections department of the ANC West Rand and in 2006 he was deployed as ANC Gauteng Provincial Elections Coordinator
As the MEC for Human Settlements, Moiloa, is tasked with providing Gauteng residents with human settlements and coordinating the effective functioning of local government to promote sustainable development in communities.