Ms. Sindisiwe Lydia Chikunga was appointed as the Minister of Transport on March 6, 2023. Prior to this role, she served as the Deputy Minister of Transport from August 5, 2021, to March 6, 2023, and as the Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration from May 30, 2019, to August 5, 2021. She has been a member of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa since 2004, previously serving as the Deputy Minister of Transport from May 26, 2014.
Ms. Chikunga holds a Master of Arts degree in Curationis from the University of Pretoria, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Curationis from the University of South Africa, a Bachelor of Arts Curationis Honours from the University of South Africa, a Diploma in Nursing Science from the Edenvale Nursing College, and a Midwifery Diploma from the Edenvale Nursing College. She is currently studying Political Science at the University of South Africa.
Throughout her career, Ms. Chikunga has held various positions and memberships. As a member of Parliament, she has served on the Correctional Services Portfolio Committee, Joint Budget Portfolio Committee, Housing Portfolio Committee, Auditor General, and Joint Standing Committee on Defence. She was also the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Police from 2009 to 2012.