Patrons and Champions

Minister Naledi Pandor
PAST All from One campaign Patron

A life of exile from 1961 until 1984 led Minister Pandor to receive most of her education abroad. Her higher education qualifications include a BA degree from the University of Botswana and Swaziland and a Masters in Education from the University of London. She completed a second Masters degree in Linguistics at the University of Stellenbosch in 1997, while serving as a Member of Parliament.

Minister Pandor became a Member of Parliament in 1994, after the first democratic elections. She served as the deputy chief whip of the ANC in the National Assembly from 1995 to 1998, as the deputy chairperson of the National Council of Provinces in 1998, and as its Chairperson from 1999 to 2004. Her experience in education policy planning made her a welcome appointment as South Africa’s Minister of Education from 2004 to 2009. In May of that year, she was appointed as Minister of Science and Technology. Since becoming Minister, she has been leading South Africa’s bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (the SKA), the largest radio telescope in the world, amongst a host of other innovative projects.

Her efforts paid off and South Africa recently won the bid to host the biggest part of the SKA. Minister4 Pandor became of Patron of PAST’s All from One campaign in 2015.

Johnny Clegg

PAST Champion

Johnny Clegg – also known as ‘Le Zulu Blanc’ (or the White Zulu) – is an award-winning singer, songwriter, anthropologist (he studied and taught anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand), activist and French knight. A Grammy-nominated musician, Clegg is passionate about African history, stories and performance.

Jay Naidoo

PAST Patron

Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) a global foundation fighting malnutrition and hunger in the world. He is the founder of the social development arm of an investment and management company, J&J Group, which he co-founded. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of organisations including the Global Health Advisory Panel of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). From 1994 to 1999, Jay was the Minister responsible for South Africa’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) and Communications Minister in Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. He was the founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) where he served three terms (1985 to 1993). From 2001-2010, Jay was Chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). Jay was the recipient of, among other awards, the Chevalier de la Légiond’Honneur (Legion of Honour), one of France’s highest decorations, and received the ‘Drivers for Change Award’ from the Southern African Trust and Mail & Guardian newspaper in Oct 2010. He has recently returned to full time voluntary work, and publishes a blog at Jay’s recently published autobiography, ‘Fighting for Justice’, is available in leading bookstores.