MEC, Thembeni Skully Nxangisa was appointed as the MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs on 28 May 2019.
The MEC was born on a small farm called Arooirankie in Edenburg. He attended school at Ntumediseng Secondary School in Botshabelo. His Secondary School was the center of political activism at the time. After he matriculated, Nxangisa went on to register and qualify with a Diploma in Marketing Management from Damelin College.
He started his work career as a photo journalist and translator at the Free State Volksblad Newspaper. This is where his interest and passion for communication was nurtured. His responsibilities included capturing photos which assisted the newspaper to capture a photographic narrative, where language was a barrier.
His early political activism started in his younger days with students and youth political activities of Botshabelo Youth Congress (BOYCO) and Botshabelo Student Congress (BOSCO). His early political awareness was aroused by the scenes of early activism in his hometown of Botshabelo.
In 1985, the then President of the ANC, O.R Tambo, gave a direction to “render apartheid unworkable and make South Africa ungovernable.” MEC, Nxangisa was one of the youth that dedicated their juvenile years to attaining a free, democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa. From that point on, he has been heavily involved in the struggle towards the achievement of the National Democratic Revolution (NDR).
After the unbanning of the ANC, MEC, Nxangisa was amongst the early personnel to be roped in as organizers for the organization. Amongst his responsibilities was the task to grow the membership of the ANC. His impeccable work with organizing, lead the ANC to promote him to the Head of this Organizing team within the Free State.
He later became the Chief of Staff in the office of the Chief Whip in the Mangaung Metro Municipality, where he was tasked with leading the organization, mainly focusing on supporting staff.