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Phillip Vilakazi was employed by Modikwa Platinum Mine as a Rock Drill Operator in 2003. It was in the same year in 2003 where he joined the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). In 2006, he was appointed as Community Liason Officer (CLO). He became ANC branch chairperson in Hoepakrans village for five years. He also became NUM Modikwa Platinum Branch Secretary for four terms. In 2011, he was elected as the NUM North East Regional Chairperson and automatically became a PEC member of Cosatu in Limpopo. He was elected the Deputy President of the NUM during the 16th NUM National Congress held at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg in June 2018. The Deputy President is actively involved in various community projects.
Makgabo William Mabapa was elected as the NUM branch chairperson at Anglo Platinum Mogalakwena section in 1994 to 1995. In 1995, he was elected the branch secretary.
Comrade Mpho Phakedi started working in the mining industry in 1997. He worked as a general worker and moved to various sections and departments. He worked at Old Lorraine Mine; Winkelhak Mine; Venterspost Mine. He became a shopsteward in 1998, was elected in 1999 as the branch secretary and became full time until November 2008. In 2002, comrade Phakedi was elected as the PWV Regional Deputy Secretary of Education. Between 2005 and 2008 he served as both Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of Goldfields mining house shopsteward council. In November 2008 he became the Regional Secretary of PWV region. He was elected as NUM Treasurer General at the 16th National Congress held at Birchwood hotel from the 20-22 June 2018. In March-April 2022, comrade Mpho Phakedi was elected as the NUM Deputy General Secretary at the 17th NUM National Congress at Birchwood Hotel. Comrade Phakedi says he is looking forward to rebuilding and growing this union of Mine, Energy, Construction and Metalworkers.
Helen Diatile joined NUM in 1996 and was elected as a shop steward for Eskom in Soweto, Diepkloof in the same year.
Duncan Luvuno was NUM deputy branch Secretary at Kriel Power Station between 2006 and 2009. In between, he also acted as branch secretary. He took over the position of branch secretary in 2010 until 2012. In 2013, he was elected deputy branch chairperson. During the period, he also served as Highveld Regional Youth Structure Chairperson. He assumed the responsibility of being a branch chairperson from 2013 to 2015 and re-elected Highveld Regional Youth Structure Chairperson. In the same period, he was elected a National Youth Structure Chairperson. He was elected as NUM National Chairperson Health & Safety at the 16th National Congress held at Birchwood hotel from the 20-22 June 2018.
Comrade Olehile Kgware was born in Welkom on the 13th of March 1978. Kgware started being a political activist in COSAS around 1990 as a student. He joined the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) in 1994. In 2002, he was elected as the ANCYL Regional Committee member and in 2007 became a PEC member. Comrade Kgware also participated as a Branch Committee member of the ANC Dora Tamana Branch where he participated as an ordinary and loyal member.
He joined the NUM in 2008 at ST HELENA PRIVATE HOSPITAL BRANCH which was owned by Goldfields. In 2010, he was elected as the NUM full-time AIDS Coordinator. In 2013, comrade Kgware was elected as the branch secretary of the NUM.
On the 28th of April 2013, he was elected as the first NUM Free State Region Youth Chairperson.
In June 2018, he was elected as the NUM National Education Secretary at the NUM 16th National Congress held at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg.