Profile of the HOD (Agriculture)

Mr. M.P Thabethe

Mr. Mbana Peter Thabethe

Date of birth: 26 December 1965

  • – Place of birth: Badplaas, Mpumalanga
  • – Holds Bachelor of Agriculture Degree, (1988), Fort Hare University
  • – Bachelor of Agriculture Extension (Hons), (1991), Fort Hare University
  • – Master’s degree in Developmental Communication (2002), University of Pretoria
  • – Head of Department: Free State Department, Agriculture and Rural Development, 2011 to date


Academic Career: More/less

Appointed as Assistant Director: Non Formal Training at Lowveld College of Agriculture in Nelspruit.

He also gave part-time lectures for the agricultural extension upgrading programme at the college.

Corporate Career: More/less

 In 1992, Mr Thabethe joined the Department of Agriculture and Land Administration in Mpumalanga as a Development Technician.

Thabethe was promoted in 2004 to Deputy Director: Agricultural Extension Services. His responsibilities included amongst others, managing the Land Redistribution for Agricultural Development Programme, as well as State Land Management functions and settlement projects.

In 2006, he was promoted to Director: Regional Services for Gert Sibande District in Ermelo, Mpumalanga. He was moved in 2008 to the Head Office in Nelspruit as Programme Coordinator for the Land and Agrarian Reform Programme (LARP) at the same Department.

Thabethe was appointed – Special Advisor to the then Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Tina Joemat Peterson in 2009.

In January 2010, at the request of the Minister, Thabethe was appointed as acting Director-General for the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. This was a particularly challenging position of restructuring the department to which the fisheries and forestry functions had been added to improve service delivery.

Also in the same year, Thabethe was nominated to serve in the Board of the National Development Agency as a government representative.