Limpopo’s MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development Joyce Matshoge died in a car accident on N1 South near Mokopane last night, Saturday (June 25).
The news was confirmed by Limpopo Provincial Spokesperson, Phut Seloba this morning on Thobela FM (Hlokwa la Tsela).
It’s understood MEC Matshoge was travelling alone on his way to Gauteng.
Who is Joyce ‘Joy’ Matshoge
Bertha Amanda Joyce Matshoge was born on 1990 in Modimolle, Limpopo.
Amitted to the University of the North to study Social Sciences with the assistance of a friend’s sister because her parents couldn’t afford to take her to university, her dreams of an academic career were cut short when a protracted strike caused the closure of the university and the young under-graduate found herself at home with little to do.
While admitted at Natalspruit Hospital for dental problems after the Turloop disaster, Joy Matshoge demanded a job from the hospital and by the end of the day she was employed as a clerk, much to the surprise and consternation of her father. From these humble beginnings as a hospital clerk, Joy Matshoge is today an epitome of success. Sitting in her spacious office as the honourable Member of the Executive Council responsible for agriculture and rural development, Matshoge is part of the leadership of the government of Limpopo under Premier Stan Mathabatha.
Joy Matshoge experienced the brutality of apartheid as a baby when her grandparents were forcibly removed from the farm by the apartheid regime and landed on the East Rand as a child to commence her primary education. Not only did Joy excel in her studies at school, she exhibited leadership skills at a young by being made a prefect at both primary and secondary school.
Academically she studied Primary Health Care at Baragwanath Hospital and late completed her B. Cur degree with the University of South Africa. As a practising nurse she led a successful nursing strike demanding better pay and working conditions for the profession.
She left the nursing profession in 1999 when she accepted the position of Director of Social Services at Modimolle Local Municipality. In 2005 she moved to the Waterberg District Municipality as Director of Social Services. While serving at social services she became increasingly involved in ANC politics in the district of Waterberg and the Limpopo Province.
It was only in 2008 that Joy Matshoge was sworn in as a member of the Limpopo Legislature wherein she served in several portfolios including Local Government and Housing, SCOPA, Ethics Committee and Treasury. It was while she was serving in the legislature that the NEC of the ANC decided to disband the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC in March 2013 that she was put to the test of her entire political life by being appointed Co-ordinator of the Limpopo Provincial Task Team(PTT).
The PTT appointment made her the virtual Chief Executive of the ANC in the province. Under her stewardship the PTT rebuilt the branches of the ANC, organized five regional conferences and this culminated in the holding of the historic ANC provincial conference in February 2014 that elected the current Provincial Executive Committee under the chairmanship of Premier Stan Mathabatha.
Joy Matshoge faces a herculean task of feeding the people of Limpopo and stimulate rural development in the Great North. “ I am optimistic that I will rise to the challenge of leading this crucial department. Although I was initially unsure of myself, I am quite excited about the job and what we can achieve as a collective after interacting with the management of the department and the stakeholders. I think we will deliver on our mandate,” said the brand new MEC apparently dressed in a brand new red two-piece suit befitting of her new position and status.
Matshoge is married to Chesane Matshoge and has three children, Karabo, Keagile and Gonts
REST IN PEACE Mme Matshoge!