Ayanda Tshabalala

Member of the provincial legislature

Ayanda Tshabalala has a strong desire to serve and improve the lives and experiences of the poverty-stricken black majority in South Africa through the democratic process.

Ayanda was the chief whip of the Economic Freedom Fighters but resigned from her position out of principle citing financial misappropriations in the party.

She now works with the elections team in the office of the Mpumalanga provincial secretary of the ANC in preparation for the upcoming local government elections.

“As a member of the provincial legislature, my work involves assessing the annual plans of provincial departments within the committees, participating in public participation legislature activities, submitting motions for deliberation, and engaging in debates in an effort to promote the party’s political position on the various societal matters,” says Ayanda.

Knowing that her efforts contribute to the success of the organisation, and seeing its direct impact on service delivery and the immediate needs of the people of South Africa is what motivates Ayanda.

Born and raised in Standerton, Mpumalanga, she was the beneficiary of a Telkom scholarship, which afforded her the opportunity to study overseas. She graduated in a record time of four years from the Multimedia University in Malaysia with an honours degree in information technology, specialising in business analysis.

Before venturing into politics she was a senior business analyst for some of the country’s biggest financial institutions including First Rand Bank, Momentum Group and TransUnion South Africa.