Executive Mayor

​Councillor Thembi Nkadimeng





Thembi matriculated at the Ekulin­deni Secondary School and moved on to study a Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of the North. She fur­thered her education at the University of the North by obtaining the Higher Education Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree. Thembi continued to further her education at the University of Stellenbosch where she obtained the BPhil (Policy Stud­ies). In preparation for her numerous leadership roles she completed the Advanced Program in Management at Wits Business School.


Politically Nkadimeng is no novice; she cut her political teeth in student politics as member of COSAS serving in various leadership roles including being the Regional Coordinator of the then Eastern Transvaal. At the University of the North she was a member and leader of South African Student Congress (SASCO). She served in various leadership roles at branch level of the organisation before elected Provincial Secretary of SASCO which main task was to organise and mobilise students in all universities and about 22 colleges of education in the then Northern Transvaal. Because of confidence in her abilities, trust in her and her hard work, Thembi was elected as the Deputy President of the Student Representative Council (SRC), a position she used influentially to serve in the highest university decision making body, the University Council, to influence the policies governing the student populace better in order to serve them. Thembi also served excellently at the Broad Trans­formation Committee (BTC) of the Uni­versity ensuring that it moves in line with transformation in the country particularly the improvement of conditions of the working class.


Career wise, she held various managerial roles in both government and the private sector, amongst them being the Assistant Director: Department of Safety, Security & Liaison between 1997 and 1999 and Deputy Director: Communications Services, Dept. of Public Works between 1999 and 2002. With her good demeanour for accepting new challenges she moved upwards to occupy Directorship for Corporate Communication & Marketing in the Office of the Premier in 2002 until 2006 when she became Chief Director: Human Resources and Corporate Services at the Department of Agriculture. A position she occupied until 2009 when she moved to the private sector to join Anglo American Platinum as Corporate Affairs Manager until 2013.


In pursuit of the goals and objectives of the creation of a united, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society, she ensured that at any given moment, when called to lead, she adhered to the adopted tactics to advance these objectives. After leaving student politics she dedicated her life to advance social cohesion by leading the organization in various committees where she held various leadership positions ranging from being the BEC member: Deputy Branch Secretary, Flora Park, ANCWL Deputy Chairperson, Member of the Communication PEC Committee between 2008 and 2013 and the Deputy Coordinator: Peter Mokaba Regional Task Team since 2013 to date.


She says; "As in the words of Franz Fanon - 'each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it' - My choice is very clear; I will at all levels of my life fulfil it."

"In this phase of transformation, our generation must seek to expand and deepen the power of democratic forces in all centres critical to the National Democratic Revolution (NDR), at the same time improve the people's quality of life. My contribution and efforts in serving the ANC will always be people-centred, people-driven and gender sensitive. Coming from a politically conscious environment, it is not difficult for me to underpin my role in the following pillars:

  • to build and strengthen the ANC as a movement that organizes and leads the people in the task of social transformation,
  • to deepen democracy and mobilize our people to take active part in changing their lives for the better,
  • to pursue economic growth and development in such a way that improves the people's quality of life and
  • to mobilize, organize and unite women to contribute in matters of their own development.


"Today, like yesterday, I still believe in the possibility of a better Limpopo, I am a will­ing participant in our struggle to move South Africa forward and I am ready to serve," she concluded.


Thembi Nkadimeng joined the City of Polokwane as Executive Mayor in July 2014, where she is currently serving as the first woman Executive Mayor under the democratic dispensation and is ready and has the mettle and character to take the bull by the horns.