Profile of the Premier

Profile of Eastern Cape former Premier Ms Noxolo Kiviet

Ms Noxolo Kiviet (uMamBhele) is a daughter of the Eastern Cape; she was born in Mdantsane Township where she matriculated in 1980 at Wongalethu High School. After matric she went to register for DIP Juris at the University of Transkei in 1983.

Like many students of her generation her academic career and tenure as a student was short lived following her expulsion due to her political activism against the Transkei regime.

As she could not formally further her studies, in 1987 she started her work career in the employ of Protea Pharmaceuticals (now Aspen Pharmaceutical) where she worked as a production services clerk, a position she held for 10 years.

Given her political background in her student days, she was elected as a senior shop-steward in the position of a chairperson of the shop- stewards committee. This is the position that allowed her to receive training, albeit informally, in organisational management, chairing, report writing, planning, and media management among other things. 

Kiviet’s capacitation led to her being elected time and again to the post of treasurer in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Border/Kei Region, later Deputy Chairperson of Chemical Workers Industrial Union (CWIU), and representative of labour in NEDLAC where she served in the Finance and Fiscal Chamber until 1997 when she was elected as public representative and served as a Member of the Provincial Legislature.


Her efficiency in performing her duties at this level saw her being re- elected in 1999 and 2004 to serve as the ANC Whip Member of the Finance and Governance Sub- Committee overlooking Finance and Provincial Expenditure; SCOPA; the Office of the Premier (OTP); Youth, Gender and Disabled; Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism; as well as Advisory. It is worth noting that in 2003 she was appointed as the chairperson of the Office of the Premier Portfolio Committee and in the subsequent year as the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature Speaker a position she held until 2009.

At party level, the period of 1996 – 2003 saw her being elected Provincial Treasurer of the ANC serving two terms offering much needed financial management expertise to the organisation. From 2003 to 2006 she served as an additional member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC.


As education remained her passion throughout her working career, in 2006 Ms Kiviet returned to school to further her academic career. This saw her graduate with Ms Noxolo Kiviet a Masters degree in Public Administration from the University of Fort Hare in 2010, a truly amazing achievement which should serve to inspire other public representatives to empower themselves.

Ms Noxolo Kiviet, the Premier of the Eastern Cape Province elected to this post in 2009 by her organization, the ANC, is a proud mother of two daughters, a son and grandson. She is an avid sport lover who is often seen shouting in the stadium in support of our National Teams.


She is affectionately known as Bhelekazi in the Eastern Cape Province her clan name.