Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri

Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri Photo
Portfolio History: 
  • Minister of Communications (1999-2009)
  • Premier of the Free State Province (1996-1999)

Born in Kroonstad in the Orange Free State on 18 September 1937, Ivy Florence Matsepe-Casaburri received her early education in KwaZulu Natal and subsequently went on to obtain a degree in education from the University of Fort Hare. She was a teacher in KwaZulu-Natal and Swaziland for the first twelve years of her working life. She then went to the USA where she undertook her postgraduate studies. She worked for the United Nations Institute for Namibia as lecturer and registrar, based in Zambia, until her return to South Africa in 1990.
Dr Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri served on various boards and trusts. She can write a lot of firsts next to her name: the first woman to be appointed to the board of the CSIR; the first black person and woman to become chairperson of SENTECH; the first female and black chairperson of the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) (1993-1997); and the first female premier, as premier of the Free State from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 she became a member of Parliament and minister of communications, a post she filled until her death in April 2009.