Ministry for Intergenerational Affairs, Family, Women and Integration of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia


helen_zilleHelen Zille is the leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance political party and in May 2009 became the Premier of the Western Cape Province following the April 2009 National and Provincial Government elections. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Witwatersrand and worked as a political correspondent for the Rand Daily Mail, where she covered key political stories and caused a sensation by exposing the truth behind the death of Black Consciousness leader Steve Biko in 1977. Helen Zille was an anti-apartheid activist and from the 1980s onward became involved in NGOs and activist organisations, including the Open Society Foundation, the Independent Media Diversity Trust, and the Black Sash. In 1999 she was elected to the Western Cape Provincial Parliament, where she served as Minister of Education until 2001. In 2004 she was elected as a member of South Africa's National Parliament, where she acted as the Democratic Alliance's National Spokesperson until she became the Mayor of Cape Town in 2006. While holding this office, Helen Zille was voted World Mayor in a poll of over 800 cities around the world in October 2008.

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