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Mr Ismail Vadi
MEC FOR ROADS AND TRANSPORT
Ismail Vadi was born in 1960 in Kliptown where the historic Congress of the People was held in 1955.  He matriculated in 1976 at the Trinity Secondary School in Lenasia and went on to study for a Master of Arts Degree in History at the University of the Witwatersrand.  He recently obtained a doctorate in Security Studies.

He taught as a senior History and English teacher in Lenasia from 1982 to 1991. Thereafter, he served as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education (University of the Witwatersrand).

Vadi has had a varied political career. In the 1980s, he was an activist in the Transvaal Indian Congress (TIC) and the United Democratic Front (UDF). He was a founder member of both the Lenasia Youth League and the Progressive Teachers’ League and served as the National Vice-President of the South African Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) from 1990 to 1994.

Between April 1994 and November 2010, Vadi served as a Member of Parliament for the African National Congress (ANC). In the National Assembly, he had served on the Portfolio Committees on Education; Safety and Security; Public Service and Administration; Correctional Services; and the Joint Standing Committee on Intelligence. He served as the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Communications; and in the Constitutional Assembly, he served as the Chairperson of the Theme Committee on Public Administration. He also served as Chairperson of the Ad-hoc Committee on the Special Report of the Public Protector on the then Deputy President, Mr Jacob Zuma.

Vadi has published articles and books on Political Resistance in South Africa; Teachers and Trade Unionism in South Africa; Educational Policy Development and History Curriculum Reform.

He was appointed as Member of the Executive Committee for Roads and Transport in November 2010 where he is currently serving following his reappointment in 2014.
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