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Elizabeth Dipuo Peters
Dipuo Peters.jpg
Minister of Transport
In office
10 July 2013 – 30 March 2017
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Ben Martins
Succeeded by Joe Maswanganyi
Minister of Energy
In office
11 May 2009 – 10 July 2013
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Buyelwa Sonjica
Succeeded by Ben Martins
2nd Premier of the Northern Cape
In office
11 May 1998 – 6 May 2009
Preceded by Manne Dipico
Succeeded by Hazel Jenkins
Personal details
Born (1960-05-13) 13 May 1960 (age 58)
Kimberley, Northern Cape
Political party African National Congress

Elizabeth Dipuo Peters (born 13 May 1960 in Kimberley, Northern Cape)[1] was the Minister of Transport of the Republic of South Africa (from 10 July 2013) until 30 March 2017, in the Zuma administration, and former Minister of Energy from 2009-2013 having served as successor to Manne Dipico as the second Premier of the Northern Cape Province, 22 April 2004 to 10 May 2009. A member of the African National Congress (ANC), she serves on the Women's League National Executive Committee.[2] Dipuo Peters‚ has resigned as a member of parliament for the African National Congress.[3]


Peters went to school at Tidimalo Junior Secondary and Tshireleco Senior Secondary in Kimberley. She subsequently studied for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of the North[4] (1987). She subsequently studied for a Certificate in Development and Public Policy from the University of the Western Cape (1996); a Certificate in Executive Management from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (2002); and a Certificate in International Policy Management, from Havana, Cuba (2002).[2]

Political career

Dipuo Peters joined the Young Christian Students, where her political activism began. She participated in Youth Formations in the church and community. She was Deputy Chairperson of the Women's Forum in AZASO which later became SASCO at the University of the North. In Kimberley she was a member of the Galeshewe Youth Congress, an affiliate of the United Democratic Front (UDF). She worked as a volunteer regional organiser for the South African Domestic Worker's Union, recruiting, organising, educating and counseling domestic workers in the Northern Cape (1987). From 1987 to 1990 Peters was Head of the Women's Department at the South African Youth Congress. In 1990 she joined the African National Congress Youth League as the secretary for Women’s Affairs, having been Woman Organiser of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the South African Youth Congress (SAYCO), 1987 to 1990.[2] Former Transport Minister Dipuo Peters stated she resigned as an ANC Member of Parliament to focus on her health and her family.[5]

Other positions include:.[2]

  • Member of the Northern Cape Provincial National Youth Committee (PNYC) (1990–1991).
  • Worked as a social worker for the NCCR, tasks included liaising with other organizations on behalf of the Committee in the Northern Cape, administering grants for the disabled, aged and un-accompanied minors, and proposing and implementing service plans for the individuals and groups of returnees (1992–1994).
  • Worked for NCCR, a United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) structure which worked for the repatriation of political exiles and re-integration of political prisoners after the unbanning of political organisations.
  • Member of Parliament (National Assembly) and was responsible for the Northern Cape and ANC membership/Caucus Register (1994–1997).
  • Member of Provincial Executive of the ANC in the Northern Cape (1996).
  • Member of the Portfolio Committees on Home Affairs, Public Works, Social Services and Health.
  • ANC Chief Whip in the Northern Cape Provincial Legislature (1997–1999).
  • ANC's Treasurer for the Northern Cape Province (1997–2003).
  • Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Health (1999–2004).
  • Provincial Deputy Chairperson of ANC (May - December 2003).
  • Member of the ANC Women's League National Executive Committee (2002–2003).
  • Deputy Chairperson of the ANC in the Northern Cape, and later acting Provincial Chairperson (2004).
  • Member of ANC National Executive Committee (1998–2007).
  • Provincial Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC)(December 2003 - December 2007).

On 5 April 2017, a few days after being dismissed as Minister of Transport, Ms Peters resigned as a member of the Parliament of South Africa, citing health reasons and the uncertainty of the past two years as her reasons for leaving politics.[6]

Controversy and E-Tolling in Gauteng

Dipuo Peters, in conjunction with other alleged beneficiaries of SANRAL's urban tolling project, has been a vocal supporter of urban tolling to fund the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). Despite the financial burden already imposed on Gauteng residents due to significant electricity tariff hikes, load-shedding, the national fuel levy as well as income tax hikes, the minister has unveiled plans to classify the non-payment of toll levies as an AARTO infringement.


  1. ^ "Dipuo Peters - Who's Who SA". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d "GCIS profile: Dipuo Peters". Archived from the original on 20 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  4. ^ "GCIS - Resource centre - Contact Directory". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Dipuo Peters explains why she resigned as ANC MP". Jacaranda FM. Retrieved 2018-01-09.
  6. ^ Eyewitness News, (Accessed on 7 April 2017)
Political offices
Preceded by
Manne Dipico
Premier of the Northern Cape
11 May 1998 – 6 May 2009
Succeeded by
Hazel Jenkins
Preceded by
Buyelwa Sonjica
as Minister of Minerals and Energy
Minister of Energy
2009 – present
Succeeded by
Ben Martins
This page was last edited on 22 May 2018, at 11:58
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