Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah. Minister of Foreign Affairs

May 28, 2013, 5:26 am

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (born 29 October 1952 in Onamutai, Oshana Region) is a Namibian politician. A member of SWAPO, Nandi-Ndaitwah served Minister of Environment and Tourism from March 2010 to December 2012 and currently serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs. She is a long-time member of the National Assembly of Namibia.
Political career
She went into exile and joined SWAPO members in Zambia in 1974, worked at the SWAPO Head Quarters in Lusaka/Zambia from 1974 to 1975 and attended a course at the High Komsomol School in the USSR from 1975 to 1976. She became the SWAPO Deputy Representative in Zambia from 1976 until 1978 and the Chief Representative in Zambia from 1978 to 1980. From 1980 until 1986 she was the SWAPO Chief Representative in East Africa, based at Dar-Es-Salaam. She was a Member of the SWAPO Central Committee from 1976 to 1986. She became President of the Namibian National Women's Organisation (NANAWO) from 1991 until 1994. She is a Member of the National Assembly 1990-. She was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 1990-96, Director General for Women Affairs in the Office of the President from 1996-2000 and Minister for Women Affairs since then.
Nandi-Ndaitwah first gained ministerial status as Director-General of Women Affairs in the Office of the President to which she was appointed in 1996. In 2000 she became Minister of Women Affairs and Child Welfare. She is a member of the Swapo Party Central Committee and Politburo and Swapo’s Secretary for Information and Mobilisation. As such Nandi-Ndaitwah is one of the party’s main spokespersons. From 2005-10, she was the Minister of Information and Technology in Namibia's cabinet. She subsequently served as minister of Environment and Tourism and currently serves as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Ndaitwah was educated at St. Mary's Mission in Odibo, obtained a Masters Degree in Diplomatic Studies from Keele University, UK in (1989), she holds a post-graduate Diploma in International Relations, Keele University, UK (1988) , a post-graduate Diploma, Public Administration and Management, Glasgow College of Technology, UK (1987). Diploma in work and practice of communist youth movement, Lenin High Kosomol School, USSR (1976).
Personal life
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah is married to Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah, Chief of the Namibian Defence Force.