Minister Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant

Minister of Labour

Mildred Nelisiwe Oliphant (Mrs) has spent all her adult life in service of the people of South Africa. She cut her teeth as a unionist with the South African Commercial and Catering Workers union from 1983 to 1993 where she served in various portfolios. She has also served in the Congress of South African Trade Unions as a local secretary as well as chairing the Federation's Women Forum.

She is still active in regional ANC Women's League, and currently served on the Provincial Executive Council and the Provincial Working Committee member serving on the Finance International Relations sub-committees.

With the dawn of democracy, she joined the KwaZulu-Natal provincial legislature in April 1994 as an MPL and was given a task to convene the Health Study Group.In June 1999, she joined the National Assembly as Member of Parliament serving as member of the portfolio committee on housing. 

Her dedication and hardwork saw her being given the portfolio of House Chairperson of Committees in the National Council of Provinces – which work included scheduling committee activities, assisting committee chairpersons formulate strategic plans, compile budgets and also serving in the select committee on Public Services and Land & Environmental Affairs.

In 2009 she moved to position of House Chairperson for International Relations & Public Education. In this posting, her duties included establishing and monitoring the work of the Parliamentary Group on International Relations, advising the Speaker and Deputy Speaker on all activities and issues pertaining to International Relations and Public Education as well as serving in a number of inhouse committee including the Joint Rules Committee and National Assembly Rules committee. She was appointed Minister of Labour in November 2010, a position she currently holds.