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Aaron Motsoaledi
Dr Pakishe Aaron Motsoaledi, Minister of Health, South Africa.jpg
Minister of Health
Assumed office
11 May 2009
President Jacob Zuma
Preceded by Barbara Hogan
Personal details
Born (1958-08-07) 7 August 1958 (age 55)
Political party African National Congress
Alma mater University of Natal

Aaron Motsoaledi (born 7 August 1958 in Limpopo) is the Minister of Health of South Africa.[1] He was formerly an MEC in the Limpopo province for (in chronological order) transport, agriculture and environment,[2] and education.[3]

Motsoaledi is a medical doctor by training. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Natal.[4] Motsoaledi ran a successful surgery in the small rural town of Jane Furse prior to his appointment in government.

Prior to his appointment as Minister of Health of the Republic of South Africa, Motsoaledi had served as a Chairperson of the Sekhukhune Advice Office from 1986 to 1994; as a Chairperson of Hlahlolanang Health and Nutrition Education Project in 1989; as a Deputy Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) in the then Northern Transvaal from 1991 to 1992; as Head of the ANC Elections Commission for Limpopo Province in 1994; as Head of the ANC Economic and Infrastructure Desk and as Head of the ANC Research and Briefing of election Task Team in Limpopo in 1994.

Motsoaledi has also served as a member of the Limpopo Provincial Legislature from 1994 to 2009; as a member of the Limpopo Provincial Executive Council (MEC) for Education from 1994 to 1997; MEC for Transport from 1998 to 1999 and MEC for Agriculture, Land and Environment in 1999.

The Minister administered to the first South African state patient a fixed dose combination (FDC) Antiretroviral tablet of Emtricitabine/Tenofovir/Efavirenz on 9 April 2013 in GaRankuwa.


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South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi says three issues should top the post Millennium Development Goal (MDG) agenda. NCDs, the health of women and children, and universal health coverage must be focuses within the post-MDG agenda, ...
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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:18:45 -0700

We can start making preparations now," South African Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi told Reuters. "I want it as soon as possible but realistically and most probably it would be next year," said Motsoaledi, a former smoker who quit in his final year ...
Wed, 09 Jul 2014 06:05:33 -0700

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 05:00:00 -0700

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Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:34:25 -0700

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