Deputy Minister Dr Mathume Joseph (MJ) Phaahla

Dr Mathume Joseph (MJ) Phaahla

Date of birth: 11 July 1957

Current Position - Deputy Minister of Health

Dr Phaahla was appointed as Deputy Minister of Health on 30 June 2024. Before that he served as Minister of Health from 5 August 2021.

Academic qualifications

Dr Phaahla holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Natal, Diploma in Health Service Management from the University of Haifa, Institute of Science, Israel in 1992 and a Certificate of General Management, Marketing and Finance.

Career/positions/memberships/other activities

Dr Phaahla was Head of the ANC Presidency responsible for coordinating the office of the President, Deputy President and National Chairperson during the election campaign from November 2008 to 30 April 2009. Before that he was elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC in December 2007, former Director-General 2010 FIFA World Cup Government Coordinating Unit and 2005-2008 CEO of the S.A. Sports Commission which was the overall coordination and regulator of all Sports Federations from 2000-2005. The Sports Commission paved the way for the current S.A. Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee –SASCOC.

He serves as MEC for Education, Sports and Culture in Limpopo between 1997 and 2000 and the first MEC for Health and Social Development in Limpopo from 1994 to 1997. Dr Phaahla was a Member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in Limpopo between 1991 and 2001, and before the unbanning of the ANC in 1990 served in leadership positions in various mass democratic movement structures including in the NEC of the United Democratic Front.

He qualified as a Medical Practitioner MBCHB in 1983 at the University of Natal and practised in various hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal ,Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo until April 1994.