Naledi Pandor biography, age, qualifications, husband, religion & contact

Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor (born on 7 December 1953) in the South African is the current Minister of Science and Technology. She resumed office on the 25th of May, 2014 and preciously served under the same post from 2009-2012.

Grace was the Minister of Home Affairs (2012-2014) and was appointed to the cabinet after the South African general elections in 2004.

She was the Minister of Education from 2004-2009.


She was born on 7 December 1953 and her place of birth is in Durban, Natal Province, Union of South Africa. Grace Naledi Mandisa Pandor is 66 years old.


Naledi Pandor biography
South African Minister of Science and Technology

Grace Naledi was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa and she is the granddaughter of Z.K. Matthews, her grandfather. 

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Her grandfather was a renowned anti-apartheid teacher and reformist. He was also the Cape President of the African Nation Congress.


She attended a primary and secondary school in Botswana. She then had her matriculation from Gaborone Secondary School.

Naledi holds a Certificate for Continu ing Education from the University of Swaziland. She also a degree holder which she obtained from the University of Swaziland.

She traveled out of the shores of South Africa to get a Diploma in Education and an MA degree from the University of London.

She holds a Diploma in Higher Education, Administration and Leadership she obtained from Bryn Mawr Summer Programme.

Later in 1997, Grace enrolled at the Kennedy School of Government where she received a Diploma in Leadership in Development.

Naledi is also obtained an MA degree in Linguistics from the University of Stellenbosch.

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She holds a Ph.D. degree in Education which she obtained from the University of Pretoria in 2019.


Naledi Pandor is a wife and married to Sharif Joseph Pandor. As a couple, they have five (5) children namely Fazlur, Aisha, Suraya, and Haroon.


She became a Muslim and converted to Islam during her studies in Botswana. She converted after she met Sharif, her husband.

Grace received the name Nadia, an Islamic name, by her In-laws. 

Contact details

Postal Address: Private Bag X152, PRETORIA, 0001

Street Address 1: 460 Soutpansberg Road, Rietondale, PRETORIA

Street Address 2: 120 Plein Street, Parliamentary Precinct, CAPE TOWN

Phone: 012 351 1000, 021 464 3700

Fax: 012 329 1000, 021 465 6548

Email: [email protected]

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Political Career

In 1994, Naledi was elected to parliament where she became the Chairperson of The National Council of Provinces. 

She was appointed to serve under the post by President Thabo Mbeki in 1999.

In 2009, she stopped serving as the Minister of Education after holding the post since 2004 under Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.

In May 2009, President Jacob Zuma appointed her as the Minister of Science and Technology.

She later was appointed to serve as the Minister of Home Affairs on October 2, 2012. This was following the resignation of her predecessor, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

After the 2014 election, she went back to serve under the Department of Science and Technology. This was after she was replaced as Home Affairs Minister.


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