Andrew Michael Boraine

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frade unionist, President of Cosatu.

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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

Andrew Michael Boraine was born in Pietermaritzburg on 18 February 1959.He is the eldest of four children of Alex and Jenny Boraine.His father was the President of the Methodist Church of South Africa and later a Member of Parliament for Pinelands. He attended Kearsney College, Natal from 1972 to 1974, and the Diocesan College (Bishops) from 1975 to 1976.In the 1980s he became the underground member of the African National Congress (ANC) and in 1978 he was elected the Students' Representative Council and became the youngest person chosen president of the National Union of South Africa Students (NUSAS).In june 1980 he was detained for eight weeks in solitary confinement and questioned taking a trip to Lesotho. 

In 1981 he got re-elected after being banned  for five years .In mid-1983 made possible for his election to United Democratic Front (UDF),he held the position until resigning in 1985.In 1986 he moved to join ANC underground unit.In 1995 to 1996 he serve as deputy director-general for local government in the Department of constitutional development and in 1997 as city manager of Cape Town until unseated by the Democratic Alliance city council majority in 2001.he became special advisor to the minister of provincial and local government until 2003.


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This article was produced by South African History Online on 17-Feb-2011

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