Mr Buti Kgwaridi Manamela is the Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology. His previous portfolio was Deputy Minister for Higher Education and Training, and before that, he served as Deputy Minister in the Presidency: Planning Monitoring and Evaluation, Youth Development and Administration.
Deputy Minister Manamela has been a Member of Parliament since 2009, serving as Whip of the Labour Portfolio Committee, and as Chief Volunteer for Parliament's Nelson Mandela Day activities.
He is a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party (SACP). He served as the National Secretary of the Young Communist League of South Africa from 2003 until 2014, and has also served in various roles in the ANC Youth League, South African Students Congress and other student organisations. Deputy Minister Manamela also worked as organiser for trade union SACCAWU in 2001.
Deputy Minister Manamela completed his Matric in Phagameng High School and went on to study towards his N-Certificate in Electronics at Mamelodi College until 2001; and completed his Post-Graduate Diploma (2014) and Master of Management in Public Policy at the University of the Witwatersrand (2017).