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Ebrahim Rasool Edit Profile

diplomat , politician , Premier of the Western Cape , South African Ambassador to the United States

Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador. Named Foreign Direct Investment Africa Personality of Year, London Finance Times, 2005; recipient We Care award, Tygerberg Hospital, 1997, Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights award, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1998, Visionary Leadership and Public Good award, World Congress Muslim Philanthropists, 2008, Commitment and Leadership in the Fight Against Crime award, Business Against Crime, 2008.


Rasool, Ebrahim was born on July 15, 1962 in Cape Town, South Africa.


Bachelor, University Cape Town, 1983. Higher diploma in education, University Cape Town, 1984.


Executive member United Democratic Front, South Africa, 1983—1988, regional secretary. National secretary Call of Islam, South Africa, 1984—1994. Teacher Spine Road Senior Secondary School, South Africa, 1985.

Incarcerated without trial and banned & restricted, 1985—1988. National coordinator World Conference on Religion and Peace, 1986—1989. Information officer Foundation Contemporary Research, South Africa, 1989—1991, chairman board trustees, 1992—1994.

Chairman Eco-Programme, South Africa, 1991—1994. Assistant rector University We. Cape, 1991—1994; regional treasurer African National Congress, 1991—1994, chairman We.

Cape, member national executive committee, since 1998. Member executive council health and social services We. Cape Provincial Government, 1994—1998, member executive council finance and economic development, 2001—2004, premier South Africa, 2004—2008.

Special advisor to the state president Government South Africa, 2008—2009. Member of Parliament National Assembly, South Africa, 2009—2010. Ambassador to the United States South African Department International Relations and Cooperation, Washington, since 2010.


On 14 July 2008, Rasool was recalled from the position of premier by the National Executive Committee of the ANC, as the ANC leadership had grown tired of giving preference to the large Muslim and Cape Coloured populations in the Western Cape.


He is a member of the African National Congress.


Founder World for All Foundation.


Married; 2 children.