Gwede Mantashe Biography: Age, Wife, Net Worth, House, Salary, Cars, Education & Qualifications

Basic Information

Stage Name: Gwede Mantashe
Real Name: Samson Gwede Mantashe
Occupation: Politician, Trade Unionist
Date Of Birth/Age: 21 June 1955 (67 Years Old
Place of Birth: Cala, Cape Province, Union Of South Africa
Gender: Male
Nationality: South African
Marital Status: Nolwandle Mantashe (Wife)
Education: University of South Africa

University of Witwatersrand


Samson Gwede Mantashe, professionally known as Gwede Mantashe, is a South African politician, communist, and trade unionist. As of December 18, 2017, he began serving as the National Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC). Mantashe also served as the former chairperson of the South African Communist Party and Secretary-General of the ANC. During the cabinet reshuffle of President Cyril Ramaphosa on February 26, 2018, Mantashe was made Minister of Mineral Resources. A year later, in May 2019, when Mantashe’s earlier portfolio was merged with the energy portfolio, he was appointed Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy. Mantashe is believed to have been the key figure in the project to shield president Zuma from accountability during his tenure. He reportedly closed ranks around him. In 2013, Mantashe stated that Zuma’s relationship with the Gupta Family was ANC’s business.


Samson Gwede Mantashe, best known as Gwede Mantashe, was born in Cala, Cape Province, Union of South Africa, on June 21st, 1955. He celebrated his 67th birthday in June 2022.


Gwede Mantashe is a happily married man. His wife, Nolwandle Mantashe, has successfully stayed out of the public eye. The couple is blessed with three children; a son named Buyambo Mantashe, and two daughters, Mbasa Mantashe and Chuma Mantashe. He and his family reside in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Net Worth

Gwede Mantashe is one of those popular names who do not share their income or net worth with the general public. However, his success as a politician proves that he is a very wealthy man, although there are no known estimates for his wealth. He also owns some property in the country.


Gwede Mantashe is believed to own several properties in the Eastern Cape. He opened up about them to the media when allegations were made against him a while back. A Bosasa employee had claimed that Mantase’s properties had been installed with security upgrades costing R300,000. To clear his name, Mantashe led the media to his Boksburg home in the East of Johannesburg.


Gwede Mantashe’s salary as the National Chairperson of the ANC and the Minister of Natural Resources and Energy is not public knowledge. However, heading these positions would come with a handsome annual income.


Gwede Mantashe is not one to show off what he has. He has not shared any photos of his cars on social media. He keeps such things private.


In 1997, Gwede Mantashe attended the University of South Africa (Unisa), where he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Mantashe went on to complete the Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree in 2002. He later got his Master’s degree in 2008 from the University of Witwatersrand (WITS).


Gwede Mantashe has had a fantastic portfolio of his works throughout the years.

  • He was the Secretary-General of the National Union of Mineworkers until the 12th National Conference in May 2006.
  • He was appointed part of the board of Directors of Samancor, a JSE Limited-listed company, in 1995.
  • He served a two-year term as the Chairperson of the Technical Working Group of the Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa).
  • Mantashe took over as Chairperson of the South African Communist Party until July 2012.
  • He is presently a member of the Politburo of the South African Communist Party.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When did Gwede Mantashe join the ANC?

Gwede Mantashe joined the ANC in the mid-2000s. He reportedly became the Secretary-General of the ANC following an election at the party’s 52nd national conference in 2007.

  • What did Gwede Mantashe study?

Gwede Mantashe has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of South Africa. He also owns a B.Com Honours degree, a Master’s Degree from the University of Witwatersrand, and a Master of Business Administration from the Management College of South Africa.

  • How do I contact Gwede Mantashe?

You can contact Minister Gwede Mantashe via the following details;

Twitter: @GwedeMantashe1

Postal address:

  • Private Bag X59, ARCADIA, 0007
  • Private Bag X9111, CAPE TOWN, 8000

Street Address:

  • 71 Trevenna Campus, cnr Meintjies and Francis Baard Streets, Block 2C Floor 4, Sunnyside, PRETORIA
  • 120 Plein Street, Floor 7, CAPE TOWN

Phone: 012 444 3999, 021 462 2310

Fax: 012 444 3145, 021 461 0859

  • Is Gwede Mantashe still alive?

Yes. Gwede Mantashe is still alive. He lives in the East of Johannesburg with his wife and three children. He celebrated his 67th birthday in June 2022.

  • Where was Gwede Mantashe born?

Gwede Mantashe was born in the village of Lower Cala in the Transkei (now Eastern Cape) in South Africa.

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