Dr Phaahla was appointed as Minister of Health from 05 August 2021.
Dr Joe 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.
Head of the ANC Presidency responsible for coordinating the office of the President, Deputy President and National Chairperson during election campaign from November 2008 to 30 April 2009. Elected to the National Executive Committee of the ANC in December 2007, Former Director-General 2010 FIFA World Cup Government Coordinating Unit 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.
Member of Provincial Executive Committee of ANC in Limpopo Province 1991-2001, Before unbanning of ANC in 1990 served in leadership positions in various mass democratic movement structures including in the NEC of the United Democratic Front MEC Education, Sports and Culture in Limpopo Province 1997-2000.
First MEC for Health and Social Development in Limpopo Province from 1994-1997, Qualified as a Medical Practitioner MBCHB 1983 University of Natal and practised in various hospitals in KZN ,Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Limpopo till April 1994.