Newly appointed Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC), on 16 August 2022.


Place of Birth:


Hon MEC Nonceba Kontsiwe was born in kwaNondundu Village in an area called kwaKhontsiwe at Phelandaba in Sterkspruit, Herschel. MEC Kontsiwe attended Primary education from Khontsiwe Bantu Community School in the 1960s and later moved to Nompendulo High School in Zwelitsha in 1976. That was the year her political activism was cultivated. She later moved to Fillip Mtywaku High School in Peelton where she matriculated.


MEC Kontsiwe is in position of a BA Degree in Social Science obtained in 1997 and Higher Diploma in Education (HDE) obtained in 1998 both from the University of Fort Hare. She further obtained a Certificate in Economic Development and Labour Practise from the University of Western Cape (UWC) in 2009 and a Certificate in Economic Development & Policy from Wits University in 2021. She is currently studying towards a Masters Degree in Public Administration at the University of Fort Hare.




Though MEC Kontsiwe’s political interest was awakened by the events of 1976, she was sharpened in the trade union environment. She is one of the founding members of NEHAWU in 1987. She has occupied many leadership roles while she was a NEHAWU shopsteward which include being a NEHAWU Provincial Gender Coordinator. Later in the years, MEC Kontsiwe was elected as the Provincial Treasurer of COSATU, a position she served for two terms until she became a Member of Provincial Legislature in 2014.


MEC Kontsiwe has served in various positions in the ANC including being a Branch Secretary of the then Ward 13 ( Sweetwaters) which was later named Wilton Mkwayi Branch after consulting with the family of the late Veteran Comrade Wilton Bribri Mkwayi. Later she was central to the establishment of an SACP Unit in Sweetwaters and later an SACP Branch called Braam Fischer Branch. She was elected as Branch Secretary, a position she occupied for years.

She later became a Deputy Chair of the Buffalo City SACP Sub-District. While serving in the Sub-District we worked toward realignment of the two Districts now called Skenjana Roji ( Buffalo City) and Ncumisa Kondlo ( Amatole) SACP Districts. As an ANC member in 2009, Kontsiwe was elected as the Member of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) in the Provincial Conference held in River Park in East London.


When the ANC celebrated its Centenary in 2012, Kontsiwe was deployed to criss-cross the Eastern Cape Province with Centenary Flame of the ANC celebrating the 100 years of its existence as a Liberation Movement.


In 2013, she was elected again as PEC member after the ANC Provincial Conference which was held in Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. In 2017, she was elected as the PEC Member following the ANC Provincial Conference was held in East London ICC. She is still a PEC member of the ANC.