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Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development
Emma was born and raised in Soweto where she underwent her primary and secondary education, matriculating with exemption in 1991.
Due to financial constraints at home, Emma's parents could not afford tertiary education for her. After successfully applying for and receiving a government bursary to enrol at the Technikon of Witwatersrand and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Emma studied radiography, and graduated in 1996, before working to pay back the full bursary amount.
- Emma continually furthers her qualifications and to date has successfully achieved the following:
- Diploma in HIV/Aids Counselling and Management from Boston City Campus (2001),
- Certificate in African Management Programme with a distinction through a merit bursary from UNISA (2002),
- Certificate in Managing Integrated Health and Wellness in the Workplace from Wits University (2005),
- Certificate in Hospital Management from Wits University (2006),
- Certificate in Public Financial Management from University of Pretoria (2008)
She is currently completing her Masters Degree in Public Development and Management at the University of Witwatersrand specialising in Knowledge Management and its ability to improve service delivery in the public health sector.
In 2001, after a career move to Carletonville Hospital Emma broadened her skill set and experience, successfully undertaking diverse challenges such as; IT committee co-ordinator, Abet student facilitator and co-ordinator, Secretary of the Hospital Board, Hospital Events co-ordinator, Integrated Health and Wellness facilitator, PMDS training co-ordinator and facilitator and a Shop-steward and chairperson of the Hospersa Labour Union.
Emma was promoted to a chief radiographer in charge of the x-ray department in 2003, and through attending numerous workshops gained insight into key issues affecting service delivery at operational level.
It was at this time that Emma developed a passion for politics and the strong ethic of discipline and commitment to service, traits that would stand her in good stead in her later career in public service.
In 2006, Emma successfully applied for the position of Assistant Director in Radiography at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.
It was here at the Worlds largest hospital, with the daily challenges of staffing and equipment, that Emma developed a greater understating of how politics could impact health service delivery and her resultant concerns for the future of the poor South Africans who could not afford private health care prompted Emma to commit to the cause of politics fulltime.
Emma joined the DA in 2008 and was actively involved in canvassing for Region F and Kempton Park. After being tasked with temporary responsibility for Ward 58 Emma successfully managed 7 stations in that ward during the 2009 elections.
Emma is the DA Shadow Deputy Minister of Social Development.
In Oct 2008, Emma was selected to attend The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People facilitated by Dr Stephen Franklin Covey.
She is a mother of two daughters aged 16yrs and 5yrs.
Favourite quote: "If you dream it, you can achieve it".
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