Barbara Hogan

Barbara Hogan (born 28 February 1952[1]) is a former Minister of Health and of Public Enterprises in the Cabinet of South Africa.[2]

Barbara Anne Hogan
The Minister for Public Enterprises, Republic of South Africa, Ms. Barbara Hogan meeting the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Anand Sharma, in New Delhi on June 01, 2010 (cropped).jpg
Minister of Public Enterprises
In office
10 May 2009 – 31 October 2010
Preceded byBrigitte Mabandla
Succeeded byMalusi Gigaba
Minister of Health
In office
25 September 2008 – 10 May 2009
Preceded byManto Tshabalala-Msimang
Succeeded byAaron Motsoaledi
Personal details
Born (1952-02-28) 28 February 1952 (age 68)
Political partyAfrican National Congress
Spouse(s)Ahmed Kathrada

Early lifeEdit

Hogan attended St Dominic's Catholic School for Girls, Boksburg, and gained a degree at the University of the Witwatersrand.[3][4] Hogan has qualifications in Accounting and Economics.[5]

Political activityEdit

Hogan joined the African National Congress in 1976 after the Soweto Uprising,[3] many years after the organisation had been declared illegal and had moved its activities underground. Her responsibilities in this movement were to mobilise the white political left, participate in public political campaigning and supply the ANC underground in Botswana with information about trade union and community activity in South Africa. Hogan was detained in 1982 for ‘furthering the aims of a banned organisation’ and after being interrogated, ill-treated and held in solitary confinement for one year, she became the first woman in South Africa found guilty of high treason[3] and was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Hogan was released in 1990 with the unbanning of outlawed organisations and together with other political prisoners, most notably Nelson Mandela. Upon release she played a pivotal role in restructuring the ANC in her capacity as secretary of the PWV regional office.

When Kgalema Motlanthe took office as President on 25 September 2008, he appointed Hogan as Minister of Health to replace Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.[6] Hogan was named Minister of Public Health in September 2008 on the basis of her financial managerial skills, which were urgently needed in the rundown Department of Health, according to her in a 2008 interview by News24.[7] Although Hogan was not a medical professional, she said that she had a very capable deputy, Dr Molefi Sefularo, who was a medical doctor and had been very engaged in the healthcare sector. Hogan helped the South African government address the AIDS pandemic among South Africans after almost a decade of denial and neglect by the previous Minister of Health, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

Hogan is a member of the advisory board of the Amandla AIDS Fund (AAF), which was established by the nonprofit organisation Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) in 2003 with a $2.5 million donation from Carlos and Deborah Santana, which represented the entire net proceeds of the 2003 U.S. Summer Santana Shaman tour.[8] AAF provides grants to effective South African efforts to combat AIDS and also develops innovative, collaborative programmes. Amandla means "strength" or "power" in Zulu, Xhosa and other South African languages. The AAF advisory board, chaired by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, includes leading South African HIV/AIDS experts and AIDS activists who help select effective South African organisations and programmes to receive grants. In the past year, AAF has allocated and granted over $1.25 million to HIV/AIDS advocacy, prevention and treatment programmes.[9] ANSA also works to further civil rights and safeguard voting rights in the U.S.[9]

In May 2009, she was appointed to the Ministry of Public Enterprises, from which she was axed in 2010 by President Jacob Zuma. In December 2015 she denounced the president for sacking the then finance minister (Nhlanhla Nene) and called on the citizenry to "rise up and say enough is enough."[10]


Hogan was included in the 2009 Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[11]

On April 13, 2011, Hogan received an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Kentucky, alongside her life-partner Ahmed Kathrada.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Barbara Hogan met Ahmed Kathrada after her release from prison in 1990.[13]


  1. ^ "Home | Government Communication and Information System (GCIS)". Archived from the original on 2016-03-08. Retrieved 2018-01-25.
  2. ^ "New Cabinet - full appointments". News24. Archived from the original on 2009-05-12. Retrieved 2009-05-10.
  3. ^ a b c "Government Profile: Barbara Hogan". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2008-10-31.
  4. ^ [1] Archived 2010-08-30 at the Wayback Machine Who's Who Southern Africa
  5. ^ "Barbara Hogan | Who's Who SA". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  6. ^ "South Africa: New President Removes Health Minister",, 25 September 2008
  7. ^ Q&A with Barbara Hogan Archived 2008-09-29 at the Wayback Machine,, 26 September 2008
  8. ^ "SANTANA - The Official Carlos Santana Web Site". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  9. ^ a b Archived 2014-12-16 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ "TimesLIVE". Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  11. ^ [2] The 2009 TIME 100, Time, Apr. 30, 2009
  12. ^ "Convocation of Ahmed Kathrada and Barbara Hogan". Archived from the original on 2011-08-27.
  13. ^ "Five things to know about Barbara Hogan | IOL News". Retrieved 2017-11-21.

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