Malambulele Samuel Mashinini was born on November 22, 1959 at a farm called Proefplaas near Bethlehem.
where he did his Primary Education until Standard 6. He then proceeded to Selelekela High School, which is where he also cut his political teeth. MEC Mashinini possesses two Honours degrees; in Human Resource Management and in Project Management.
He started working at the Gold Mine of President Steyn in 1982, in Welkom, where he joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which had a strong membership there. Having experienced first-hand, the brutality of the Apartheid Regime during his childhood days in Proefplaas, Sam Mashinini had an inherent desire to improve the lives of people, particularly mineworkers.
Having raised his hand through relentless championing of mine workers rights, Mashinini was elected NUM shop-steward for Shaft no 4 of President Steyn Mine, which is said to be the biggest and deepest mine with more than 25 000 workers. He later became the shaft chairperson.
It came as no surprise that he subsequently played a pivotal role in the NUM drive to establish the Congress of South Africa (COSATU) in 1985. In the mid-90s, Sam Mashinini became the NUM Deputy Regional Secretary in the Free State and later became Regional Secretary, a position in which he served two terms. His passion for the improvement of people’s lives, his drive and distinctive leadership qualities saw Sam Mashinini being appointed Acting Provincial Secretary of COSATU in the Free State and the Northern Cape in 1999 (Free State and Northern Cape were one province in COSATU structures at the time). He was elected Provincial Secretary at the COSATU Conference in 2000, a position he has held until 2014.
Sam Mashinini also served as the African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee member in 2011 before being elected National Executive Committee (NEC) member at the Mangaung Conference in 2012. After the National General Elections in May 2014, Sam Mashinini was deployed by the ANC as a Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for the department of Public Works and Infrastructure.
His chairmanship of the Economic Cluster and his previous involvement with Free State Development Cooperation should certainly enhance his prospects with regard to steering forward the Department of Economic, Small Business Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs.
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