Enoch Godongwana biography, age, ANC, wife, profile, positions

Enoch Godongwana (born 9 June 1957 in Cala, Eastern Cape) is a South African politician. He currently serves under the position of the Minister of Finance, South Africa. He was appointed to the position in August 2021.

He is also occupying notable positions in the political circle. Enoch sits as the head of the ANC’s economic transformation subcommittee in the NEC. 

More on his political position is the chairperson of the Development Bank of South Africa.


Enoch Godongwana biography
NameEnoch Godongwana
Born9 June 1957 (age 64 years)
Cala, Eastern Cape
NationalitySouth African
EducationFinancial economics, BSc
Alma materUniversity of London
WifeThandiwe Godongwana
OccupationPolitician, businessperson
PositionMinister of Finance (2021 -)


Enoch was born on 9 June 1957 in Cala, Eastern Cape, South Africa. He had his matriculation at St John’s College in Mthatha in Eastern Cape, South Africa.

He furthered his academic pursuit at the University of London. Mr. Enoch obtained an MSc in financial economics from the institution.


He is married to Thandiwe Godongwana. Enoch and his wife own own 50% of Canyon Springs. 


Enoch Godongwana MEC
Enoch Godongwana sworn-in as Finance Minister Ref: SABC News.

In 1979, he worked as a Shop Steward for the Mental and Allied Workers Union (MAWU). For six years, he was the Local Organizer for NUMSA Springs/Brakpan/Nigel Area (1983-1989).

In 1989, he served as the National Organizer of the NUMSA and Regional Secretary of NUMSA in 1990. He also served on COSATU’s Executive and Central Committees (1992-1997).

Following an election in 1994, he became the General Secretary of NUMSA until 1997. He was also the Chairperson of COSATU’s Economic Development Task Force until 1997.

In 1997, he served as a member of the NEDLAC Management and Executive Committee. He is also a co-founder of Border Kei Development Forum.

Mr. Godongwana was a labor representative on the Technical Committee for Job Creation of the National and Economic Forum.

In 1994, he became a member of the Provincial Legislature in the Eastern Cape government and served until 2009,

For four years (1994-1998) he was a member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Provincial Treasury, Economic Affairs, Environment, and Tourism. He also served under the capacity from 1998 to 2004.

For a year (1997-1998), he was a Board Member of the National Institute for Economic Policy. He occupied the position of Vice-Chairperson ANC Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee.

As an ANC party member, he occupied many notable positions. He served as the Eastern Cape Provincial Government as MEC for Economic Affairs, Environment, and Tourism.


Mr. Enoch also sat as a member of the Pan African Benefit Services (PTY) LTD. Other membership positions include;

  • Robben Island Museum Council
  • National Housing Finance Corporation
  • Real People Assurance (PTY) LTD
  • Policy Board for Financial Services and Regulation


Member of the ANC NEC2007
Member of Parliament2008
Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises (South Africa)2009-2010
Deputy Minister of Economic Development (South Africa)2010-2012
Minister of Finance2021-

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