Nosipho Dorothy Ntwanambi

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founding member of UWO and SADTU, Deputy President of the ANCWL and member of the ANC’s NEC

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Gugulethu, Western Cape
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Nosipho Dorothy Ntwanambi was born on 25 September 1959 in Gugulethu (Western Cape). She was the Deputy President of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL), was an African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) member. She was a member of the ANC for more than 30 years.

A dedicated educator, Ntwanambi was a founding member of the United Women’s Organisation as well as the Democratic Teachers Union, which later became known as the South African Democratic Teachers Union.

Ntwanambi joined the National Council of Provinces in 1999, serving in various capacities including as Chairperson of the Select Committee on Economic and Foreign Affairs in 2004.

In 2008, she became the first woman to be elected the Chief Whip of the NCOP (a former senate and second house of Parliament) since its establishment in 1998. In the fourth democratic administration, she served as the Chief Whip in the National Council of Provinces.

Nosipho Dorothy Ntwanambi passed away on 8 July 2014.  

• SAPA, (2014), ANC Women’s League mourns deputy president, from Daily News, 09 July [online], Available at [Accessed: 09 July 2014]
• Motshekga, A., (2014), The passing on of ANCWL Deputy President Cde Nosipho Ntwanambi from the ANC website, 08 July [online], Available at [Accessed: 10 July 2014]

Last updated : 21-May-2018

This article was produced for South African History Online on 08-Aug-2014