The Presidency has announced that Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri has died of natural causes.
“Matsepe-Casaburri, who hadn’t been well in the last couple of months, died at a Pretoria hospital. She was 71,” said spokesperson Thabo Masebe. Matsepe-Casaburri was admitted to the hospital about three weeks ago.
Among other positions, Matsepe-Casaburri was the first woman to be appointed to the board of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the first black person and woman to become chairperson of Sentech and the first woman and black chairperson of the board of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) from 1993 1997. She was also the first woman premier of the Free State from 1997 to 1999. In 1999 she became a Member of Parliament and Minister of Communications.
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