Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa is currently Head of the Investment and Infrastructure office in the office of the President of South Africa. Prior to this, Dr Ramokgopa was Gauteng MEC (Member of Executive Committee) for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment. Previously, he has held the position of Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane between 2010 and 2016, at the time he was one of the youngest Mayors of a Metropolitan in the country. Dr Ramokgopa’s previous positions include holding the position of CEO for both the Metropolitan Trading Company and the Johannesburg Market and he has previously been the Deputy Chairperson of the board of Trade and Investment in Limpopo.
Dr Ramokgopa holds a PHD from the University of Pretoria, A Masters of Public Administration from the University of Pretoria and a Masters of Business Leadership from the University of South Africa. He completed his BSC Civil Engineering at the University of Durban Westville in 1998.
MEC Ramokgopa’s political participation dates back to the 80’s when he was 14 and participating in the Atteridgeville-Saulsville Residents Organisation (ASRO). During his time at the University of Durban Westville, he joined the South African Student Congress and became a branch chairperson, later he was deployed as a Secretary General of the Student representative council at the University of Durban Westville. Dr Ramokgopa was also chairperson of the ANC in Ward 51, zonal chairperson of the ANC in Attridgeville, regional chairperson of the ANC in Tshwane and currently he serves as a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in Gauteng.
Dr Ramokgopa is an avid reader and enjoys following sports. He is actively involved in soccer development in his home township of Atteridgeville and once owned a team that played in the ABC Motsepe league. In his free time, Dr Ramokgopa offers lessons in leadership and public management at various tertiary institutions as a guest lecturer, something he does pro-bono.
Dr Ramokgopa lives by the motto; “If you live truthfully, you shall prevail against all adversity.