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Mr Ismail Vadi

Current Position
He was appointed as Member of the Executive Committee for Roads and Transport in November 2010 where he is currently serving following his reappointment in June 2014.
Personal Information
Ismail Vadi was born in 1960 in Kliptown where the historic Congress of the People was held in 1955.  
Previous Position
Between April 1994 and November 2010, Vadi served as a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress (ANC). In the National  Assembly, he had served on the Portfolio Committees on Education; Safety and Security; Public Service and Administration; Correctional Services;  and the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence. He served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications; and in the  Constitutional Assembly, he served as the Chairperson of the Theme Committee on Public Administration. He also served as Chairperson of the Ad-  hoc Committee on the Special Report of the Public Protector on the then Deputy President, Mr Jacob Zuma.
He taught as a senior History and English teacher in Lenasia from 1982 to 1991. Thereafter, he served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education  (University of the Witwatersrand).  Vadi has published articles and books on Political Resistance in South Africa; Teachers and Trade Unionism in  South Africa; Educational Policy Development and History Curriculum Reform.
Political Participation
Vadi has had a varied political career. In the 1980s, he was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF).  He was a founder member of both the Lenasia Youth League and the Progressive Teachers’ League and served as the National Vice-President of  the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) from 1990 to 1994.
MEC Vadi recently obtained a doctorate in​ Security Studies.  He also holds a Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of Witwatersrand.
Key Responsibilities
Vadi has been assigned to improve the mobility and accessibility of Gauteng citizens, particularly the poor, and to develop transport and  socioeconomic infrastructure that helps them to participate meaningfully in economic and social activities. 
His department's vision is to develop an integrated, sustainable infrastructure that promotes people-centred, innovative, developmental public works  and an accessible, safe and affordable movement of people, goods and services.