Mr Thembelani Thulas Nxesi has been appointed the new Minister of Sport and Recreation, following in the footsteps of Minister Fikile Mbalula.
- Date of Birth: 09 June 1959
- Born in Eastern Cape
- Minister of Sport and Recreation since March 2017.
- Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Fort Hare (1983).
- Bachelor of Education degree from Witwatersrand University.
- Higher Diploma in Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
- Teacher at Ikusasa Senior Secondary School 1985 - 1990).
- Secretary General of South African Teacher's Union (SADTU) (1994-2010)
- Assistant Secretary General of SADTU (1990 - 1994).
- Head of Social Sciences department at Ikusasa Senior Secondary School (1985 - 1990).
- President of Education International.
- Secretary of National Education Union of South Africa (NEUSA).
- Expelled from school several times for involvement in political activities.
- Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform of the Republic of South Africa (1 November 2010 - 24 October 2011).
- Minister of Public Works October 2011- March 2017