sotyu, Makhotso Magdeline
Deputy Minister Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs
Previous Executive Position:
Deputy Minister Arts & Culture
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Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu is the Deputy Minister of Forestry and Fisheries and Environmental Affairs of the Republic of South Africa from 30 May 2019. She a member of Parliament; a member of Joint Standing Committee on Defence. She is also a Chairperson of Portfolio Committee on Safety and Security.
Ms Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu was the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture of the Republic of South Africa with effect from 31 March 2017 to 25 May 2019. She was deployed to the National Assembly, Parliament of Republic of South Africa in 1999. Honourable Maggie Sotyu served in many Parliament Portfolio Committees including Safety and Security (POLICE), Social Development, Arts and Culture and Science and Technology. She was later appointed to be the Chairperson of both Safety and Security Portfolio Committee and the Security Cluster in Parliament, which she chaired for eight years. After the 2009 elections she was appointed to Chair the Portfolio Committee on Water and Environmental Affairs. Ms Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu served as the Deputy Minister of Police of the Republic of South Africa from 1 November 2010 until 30 March 2017.
She started her political career as a factory worker in Bloemfontein and was secretary of the Bloemfontein SANCO Regional Structure in the 80's, while staying in Phelindaba, Mangaung.
She started her political career as a factory worker in Bloemfontein and was secretary of the Bloemfontein SANCO Regional Structure in the 80's, while staying in Phelindaba, Mangaung. She is a member of both African National Congress Provincial Executive Committee and a member of the African National Congress Women’s League Provincial Working Committee of the Free State.
She completed her secondary education in Eastern Cape at St Matthews High School in Keiskamahoek. She obtained an Advance Diploma in Economics and a certificate in Media Handling and Research from the University of the Western Cape. She studied a course (certificate) on Sustainable Development and Population Growth, through the University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania