EC GOV HONOURS LATE STRUGGLE STALWART DR MBUYISELI VANGUARD MKOSANA WITH SPECIAL PROVINCIAL OFFICIAL FUNERAL CATEGORY 2

The Eastern Cape Provincial Government will pay its last tribute to the late struggle stalwart and former Director General of Department of Labour Dr Mbuyiseli Vangaurd Mkosana, when he is laid to rest at his homestead; at Mqonci Village in Dutywa, on Friday July 9.

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a Special Provincial Official Funeral Category 2 for the African National Congress member and trade unionist, who passed on at the age of 66 years.

Eastern Cape Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane has, on behalf of the people and Provincial Government of the Eastern Cape, conveyed his condolences to the Mkosana family, the African National Congress, and Congress of South African Trade Unions.

The National Flag at all flag stations in the Eastern Cape will be flown at half-mast on the day of the funeral 2

Dr Mkosana joined the African National Congress in 1980 while in exile in Lesotho. He became instrumental and played a leading role in the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) which became one of the founding affiliates of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). He also served in the executive committee as the Head of Publicity.

Upon returning home from exile, he headed the Media Department of the South African Railways and Harbours Workers Union and was also General Secretary of the Congress of South African Writers former liberation movement’s underground machinery fighting against racism.

He joined government in the first administration post the democratic dispensation as the Permanent Secretary and Head of the Provincial Department of Transport in the Eastern Cape. He later moved to the National Department of Labour as a Deputy Director General responsible for implementation of policy and programmes of the Department.

In December 2004, he was appointed as the Director-General in the Department of Labour. He also served as the Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Rural Development Agency and Council for Mineral Technology Boards.

The funeral details are as follows:

DR MBUYISELI VANGUARD MKOSANA

Date: Friday, 09 July 2021

Venue: Mkosana Homestead, Mqonci Village, Dutywa

Time: 09h00

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