Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation of the Republic of South Africa

For a larger image click in the middle of the photoProfile: Ms Susan van der Merwe

Personal

  • Date of Birth: 29 May 1954
  • Pastimes: Cooking, aerobics, running.

Current Positions

  • Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of South Africa since 29 April 2004.
  • Member of Parliament for the African National Congress (ANC) (1996 to date).

Academic Qualifications

  • Completed Matric at Collegiate High School, Port Elizabeth (1971).
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Cape Town (1976).

Career/Positions/Memberships/Other Activities

  • Coordinator for the Black Sash Advice Office in Cape Town (1988 - 1991).
  • Participant in Mont Fleur Scenario Planning Exercise (1991 - 1993).
  • Executive Assistant for the Open Society Foundation for South Africa (1993 - 1995).
  • Member of the Board of Directors of UMAC (Non-Governmental Organisation working in Western and Eastern Cape) (1992 - 2002).
  • Trustee, South African Wine Industries Trust (1999 - 2001).
  • Parliamentary Counsellor to the President (2001 - 2004).
  • The ANC Whip (1999 - 2000).
  • Served as member of the following committees, Portfolio Committee on Finance, Communication and Environment and Tourism; and Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence.

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