Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was born in the Limpopo Province. Ms Nkoana-Mashabane was appointed as Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities with effect from 30 May 2019. Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is a seasoned comrade of the Congress Movement, a diplomat of note and a servant of her people. She holds a number of qualifications including a degree in Pedagogy from the University of Limpopo. She holds a Masters degree in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Pretoria. Her love for education was further entrenched when she worked as a teacher in the Sekhukhune District in the Limpopo Province for a brief period.
The panel aims to understand and shed light on the complex root causes of child labour and its consequences in terms of perpetuating the cycle of poverty and situations of child labour.