Ebrahim Rasool

 

 

  Ebrahim Rasool
Special Advisor to the President of the Republic                                     

 

Mr. Ebrahim Rasool was born in Cape Town, South Africa on 15 July 1962. After the first democratic election in 1994, Mr. Ebrahim Rasool served as a Member of the Executive Council of the Western Cape Legislature. In 1998, he was elected chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, a position he held until June 2005. During this time he led the ANC as the Official Opposition from 1998, becoming part of a Coalition Government in 2001 and assuming Government in 2004.

 

In 1998, he served on the National Executive Committee of the ANC. He served in Government in a number of portfolios: 1994-1998 Provincial Minister of Health and Social Services; 2001–2004 Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Development; 2004 – Appointed by President Thabo Mbeki as the Premier of the Western Cape. In all the portfolios he served, his tenure was characterized by driving transformation and innovation in Government and his period as Premier was characterized by the fastest growing economy in the country, major investment drives and a campaign to unite the people of the Province towards a vision of a Home for All.

 

Awards received by Ebrahim Rasool include the 1996 Kaizer Foundation International  Award for Health and Human Rights and Britain’s Financial Times 2005 Award for Foreign Direct Investment ‘Personality of the Year: Africa’ for his successful efforts in attracting investment to the region, improving the Provincial business environment and raising its international profile. Mr. Ebrahim Rasool is now the Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of South Africa.