Mr Ngconde Balfour

Mr Ngconde Balfour
Portfolio History: 
  • Minister of Correctional Services (2004-2009)
  • Minister of Sport and Recreation (1999-2004)

Mr Ngconde Mathemba Bryce Balfour was born on 23 August 1952 in Alice, in the Eastern Cape. He attended the Jabavu High School and obtained a qualification in education from Lovedale College. He also achieved a degree in sports and recreation from the University of Fort Hare. Mr Balfour was a student activist and became politically active in the UDF. After years of teaching and rising to the position of principal, he worked for the Archbishop of Cape Town for five years, filling various positions on the Board of Social Responsibility. He then went into exile in Australia and embarked on further studies in sport and recreation.

Mr Balfour served on various sports councils, governing bodies and anti-doping organizations, both as member and as head, and was the international director of the Cape Town 2004 Olympic bid between 1994 and 1996. He was also involved with the inter-ministerial commission on the 2010 Soccer World Cup bid.

In 1996 he became a member of Parliament, and was the minister of sport and recreation from 1999-2004, and of correctional services from 2004-2009.