In June 2014 Lebogang Maile became MEC for Economic Development and later his responsibilities were extended to include, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development.
Maile was born in 1979, in Kempton Park. He grew up in Gauteng’s oldest township Alexandra which gave him an intimate sense of the struggle facing black people in South Africa under apartheid. He is married to Palesa Maile and has four children-Molemo, Molegoheng, Motheo and Mahlatse. MEC Maile is avid writer. He is a constant contributor on economic issues in various national dailies. He is currently an Editor –in – Chief for Moruo a Gauteng Department of Economic Development quarterly. He is also a formerly sport (On the Touchlines) columnist for the New Age Newspaper.
In 2010 Maile became the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation and was a strong advocate of development, access to sporting and library facilities. He has been in the forefront of the revitalisation of such facilities as Bob Van Renen Sport Complex and has also played a lead role in using uniform standards in the building of libraries.
In 2009, Maile became a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, serving in the Education, Finance and Scrutiny and Subordinate Legislation committees.
Maile has also served in positions in Non-Governmental Organisations that have been actively involved in the work of youth development. He has also worked in the Gauteng Department of Education and at Tshwane South College.
He has served in several leadership positions, among them as President of student movement COSAS, Chairperson of the Gauteng Youth Commission, Provincial Secretary of the ANC Youth League in Gauteng and Chairperson of the ANC Youth League in the province.
As part of the leadership of COSAS, Maile was among the generation activists that shaped the discourse of education in SA as a country undergoing transition.
In 1995, Maile’s passion for education saw him being elected as COSAS President, a position that placed him at the heart of the transformation of education. His visionary leadership soon became evident with the introduction of the South African Schools Act.
COSAS was a strong advocate of the active involvement of parents in the education of their children. Through this advocacy and activism, school governing bodies were placed at the centre of school governance, giving parents a direct say in education matters.
The historic and long standing demand for democratically elected Student Representative Councils also became a critical component of the democratic school governance dispensation.
Maile completed his matric at Crawford College.
His key responsibilities as MEC for Economic, Environment, Agriculture and Rural Development place him at the centre of the implementation of the Provincial Government’s three -pronged policy imperative of Transformation, Modernisation and Re-industrialisation. Among his direct contributions he will have to help:
- Revitalise the Township Economy
- Economic growth and employment creation
- Attract and retain investment
- Facilitate the entry of new players into various sectors of the economy
- Create new sources of energy for Gauteng
- Drive the green revolution
- Transformation of food supply chain and food security
- Develop and drive the growth of the eco-tourism sector