Supra Mahumapelo (Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo) is a South African politician and the premier of North West Province.
Supra Mahumapelo Personal Life
Mahumapelo was born on the 7th of June 1968. His father (Stephen Kalagongwe Mahumapelo) was an entrepreneur and his mother (Agnes Matlakala Bereng) was a domestic woker. His father passed away in 1997 and his mother in 2008.
Supra is married to Christunah Kgari; they got married in 1996 and have four children together. Mahumapelo is also a grandfather of one.
Supra Mahumapelo Education
- Primary School: Marotse Primary School
- MiddleSchool: Tlotlego Middle School
- High School: Phatshima High School and Kgamanyane High School
- National Diploma in Commercial Practice (NDCom): Technikon Norther Transvaal
- Certificate in Public Finance and Economics: University of South Africa (UNISA)
- Masters Degree in Political Economy: University of Port Elizabeth (Nelson Mandela MetroUniversity).
Supra Mahumapelo’s Political Career
In 1983, Supra Mahumapelo was introduced to politics officially by a fellow student. Three years later, he was appointed with the job to recruit people into the ANC by Cde Ndleleni Duma in the Moruleng area.
In 1989, when he enrolled at the Technikon Northern Transvaal, he joined the South African National Students Congress (SANSCO). While at SANSCO, he got elected in various positions in the Branch Executive Committee.
In 1990, he was expelled for engagement in political activities and further arrested on several occasions with other student activists by the Pretoria police. Regardless of his arrests, he recruited comrades at his home in Atamelang and the surrounding villages to join the ANC.
In 1994, Mahumapelo was appointed as an ANC Provincial Deputy Elections Co-ordinator in Klerksdrop. In 1998, he was elected as the Provincial Chairperson of the ANCYL in NW. From 1995 to 2004, the ANC employed him as the provincial Political Education Secretary.
In 2005 and 2008, he was elected as the ANC Provincial Secretary and in 2011 he was elected as the ANC Provincial Chairperson (a position he currently holds).
Popo Simon Molefe was the first Premier of North West under the ANC; he was the Premier for close to 10 years (1994 – 2004). Popo Molefe was born in 1952. Other Premiers of the North West under the ANC include: Edna Molewa (2004 – 2009), Maureen Modiselle (2009 – 2020) and Thandi Modise (2010 – 2014).
North West Province
The North West Province came into existence in 1994; after the end of Apartheid. The provincial government consists of a premier, an executive council of ten ministers and a legislature.
Economically, the North West Province is boosted by mining (gold, uranium, platinum and diamond), which generates more than half of the province’s GDP and provides jobs for a large number of its workforce.