President Ramaphosa offers condolences at death of deputy minerals and energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa

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PRETORIA, September 14 – President Cyril Ramaphosa has offered condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa, who died in a car crash on Friday.

“It is with profound shock and sadness that President Ramaphosa has learnt of the passing of the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Ms Bavelile Hlongwa, who tragically lost her life in a motor vehicle accident yesterday, Friday 13 September 2019 on the N1 from Polokwane,” the presidency said in a statement.

“President Ramaphosa has expressed his most sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of deputy minister Hlongwa, as well as the stakeholders in business, labour, and community with whom she engaged in the mining sector.”

Ramaphosa also expressed his condolences to the families of the four people who died with the deputy minister on the scene while attempting to assist the passengers involved in another incident.

“The death of deputy minister Hlongwa is a devastating, untimely loss of a talented young leader who, alongside minister Gwede Mantashe, was playing an important and dynamic role in an important sector of our economy,” Ramaphosa said.

Hlongwa was appointed deputy minister of mineral resources and energy with effect from May 30, 2019. Prior to her appointment, she served as executive deputy chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency.

She studied at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Howard College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. She started her career at Shell Downstream SA.

Hlongwa would be honoured with an official funeral category two in line with government’s state, official, and provincial funeral policy. The president had further directed that the national flag fly at half-mast at every flag station in the country until the deputy minister’s funeral, the presidency said.

– African News Agency (ANA)