Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission, has written the foreword for LIVING IN SOUTH AFRICA and she also provided the following endorement:
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, born in 1949, is a former anti-apartheid activist and a medical doctor by training. She has a bachelor’s degree in Science (BSc) and completed her studies of medicine at the University of Bristol during her exile in England in 1978.
After South Africa’s first democratically elections, she was appointed by former president Nelson Mandela as Minister of Health and served in this position in his cabinet until 1999. She subsequently served in Thabo Mbeki’s and Kgalema Mothlanthe’s cabinets as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 until 2009 and then in Jacob Zuma’s cabinet as the Minister of Home Affairs from 2009 until taking up the position at the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2012.
The African Union (AU) is a union of 54 African states and was first launched in 2002. It evolved from the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) which had been formed in 1963 by 32 African member states and paved the way for the creation of the African Union. The OAU was disbanded after the African Union was launched. The headquarters of the African Union is in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The African Union is made up of several organs with the Assembly of the African Union as the highest decision-making organ. The organisation is made up of the heads of state or government of the 54 member states who meet twice annually. The Pan-African parliament consisting of 254 members elected by the national parliaments of the member states is the representative body. There are various official bodies including various committees and councils such as the the African Court of Justice, the Peace and Security Council, the excecutive council, which is made up of the foreign ministers of the member states and the African Union Commission.
The African Union Commission (AUC) represents the African Union and elaborates, coordinates and promotes the development of programmes and policies of the African Union. The Commission consists of a chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa, a deputy chairperson, Mr Erastus Mwencha of Kenya, and eight commissioners, all of them responsible for a specific portfolio.
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