Mrs Elsie Mmathulare Coleman
Mrs Elsie Mmathulare Coleman was born on the 15
August 1966 and is married with one daughter.
She currently holds the position of MEC for Education, Mpumalanga
CAREER/ MEMBERSHIPS/ POSITIONS/ OTHER ACTIVITIES
She is trained in Military Secret Guerrilla Warfare and Secret
Communications, and specialised in Communication
in the then USSR. In 1992 she headed the then
Eastern Transvaal ANC Health and Welfare Desk.
She is a devoted Member of the ANC Women’s
League and through this organisation became a
member of the Mpumalanga Legislature as an ANC
Representative from 1994.
From 1994 to 1999 she acted as a Chairperson of
the Portfolio Committee on Local Government
concurrently with a role as a member of the
Portfolio Committee on Rules for Members of the
During the same period, she served as a member
of the Portfolio Committees on Sport,
Recreation, Arts and Culture, and internal
arrangements and as a member of the Portfolio
Committee on Programming and Prioritisation.
Coleman assisted as an alternate member of the
Portfolio Committee on Accounts from 1994 to
In 1998 -1999 she took up the position of being
the ANC Chief Whip at the Mpumalanga
Legislature. She served as the Secretary of the
Mpumalanga Legislature Women’s Caucus from 1994
In June of 1999 she was deployed to the position
of MEC for Social Services, Population and
Development until August of 2003.
She was appointed ANC Provincial Deputy Secretary
a responsibility she held until March 2005. She
was elected into the Provincial Executive
Committee (PEC) of the ANC.
In September 2003 she was appointed MEC for
Health until April 2004 where she was deployed
to Mpumalanga Department of Finance as the MEC.
She was a Chairperson of the Mpumalanga Budget
and Finance Committee until the Cabinet
reshuffle on 14 May 2008
Currently Chairperson of the Mpumalanga
Executive Council Committee on Economy,
Investment and Employment
She assumed the duty of MEC for Education, Mpumalanga on 15 May 2008.