Celeste Barker


Celeste Barker

Name Celeste Heloise Barker (nee Sauer)
Date of Birth 07 07 60

English, Afrikaans, basic Xhosa and basic French

Current PHD Candidate: Politics & Governmental Studies: Research Topic: A Feminist Investigation of the Influence of Post Apartheid Legislation on Black Women’s Identity in Select Areas of the East Cape Province of South Africa.
2013 Masters Degree (MPhil) The Politics and Political Economy of Southern Africa. Faculty of Arts & Governmental Studies: NMMU
Research Topic: The Social and Political Identities of Coloured Women in the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth.


2010 Certification: International SI Trainer & Facilitator (University of Missouri: Kansas City: I of 15 in the World)
2006 Facilitator and Assessor Training and Accreditation
1994 Xhosa 1b (NMMU)
1993 BA Hons: English Literature: Cum Laude (UPE)
1992 B Ed: Language Education (UPE)
1982 HDE: Language Education (RAU)
1981 BA: Languages (Rhodes University)

21 05 14-current Democratic Alliance MPL (Bhisho) Shadow MEC of Health, Deputy Shadow MEC: Premier’s Office, Human Resources and Women’s Caucus Member. Constituency Leader: Chris Hani District
01 01 08- 12 06 14 Deputy Head: SI National Office: Southern Africa NMMU
01 01 99 – 31 12 07 Senior Lecturer & HOD: Languages & Communication (PE College: Results consistently in the top 3 of the Province.)
01 01 98 – 31 12 07 SI Project Leader (PE College) MANCO Member (SI) Student Support Committee ( Inter Campus Academic and SI Programme Development)
01 01 93 – 31 12 07 Lecturer: Languages and Communication (PE College)
01 01 96 – 01 06 99 Chairperson: PE College Transformation Forum (First FET College in the province to revoke apartheid legislation and create a democratic Council)
01 01 83 – 30 04 88 High School Language Teacher (St Mary’s DSG, Northlands Boys’ High School & Forest High School)

21 05 14-current Democratic Alliance MPL (Bhisho) Shadow MEC of Health, Deputy Shadow MEC: Premier’s Office’ , Human Resources and Women’s Caucus Member. Constituency Leader: Chris Hani District
01 01 2008-12 06 14

1 of 15 internationally accredited SI Trainers in the world. In this capacity I manage the delivery of SI at the NMMU South and Second Avenue campuses and select, host and train all NMMU SI Leaders with my partner. We train Deans, HODS and lecturers (SI Leaders if required) throughout SA to implement and run pure model SI and we support Southern African HEI’s to plan, implement and evaluate their SI programmes. This includes analysis, assistance with organisational structure, staffing and knowledge transfer for access to resources as well as the institutional mentorship of new programmes and staff. To date we have trained staff at 22 of SA’s 25 HEI’s. We are incredibly proud that the SA delegation was second In size to the US delegation at the 2012 SI Conference in San Diego and that our delegates from NMMU, UFS, UKZN, UFH presented 12 papers, posters and discussions to the international SI community. Last year we conducted our first institutional audit at UFS.

International Speaker Papers presented at the 2014 (co-presentation in absentia), 2012, 2010 and 2006 SI International Conferences on behalf of NMMU and PE College. Themes: Collaboration over the Spatial, Academic and Abstract Borders of Apartheid, Transformation in SA HE, Role of SI in SA Student Development, Apartheid and Globalisation, SI Rhythms in the Third World.
National Speaker 3 Papers presented at the annual HELTASA Conferences (2011, 2010, 2004). Themes: Political Philosophy – the Bedrock for SA HE Policy, Trend and Risk Analysis – SI as a Strategic Tool. Women in Engineering.
International Facilitator Certified as an International SI Trainer by UMKC (University of Missouri Kansas City) in 2010
International Strategic Planning Team Member UMKC Certified Trainers. Collectively revisioned Strat Planning for the SI International Office (2011) at UMKC
2 Professional Awards Leadership (Transformation Forum) & Innovation (Initiating, Developing and Expanding SI:PE College 1999 & 2003)
Founder Trustee Coastal and Environmental Trust (NMBM: 1980) TRC Submitted affidavits to the Human Rights Violation Committee on behalf of the DP & Black Sash (1997)

2010 – Current Provincial Chair: East Cape DAWN
DA Federal Council Non Public Representative
Provincial Council Member
PEC member
Chair: Provincial Conference Awards Committee
Leadership Success East Cape DAWN is the flagship DAWN province in the DA. We are proudly responsible for the design of the national DAWN t shirt and we are the only province to successfully hold 2 DAWN elective conferences.
Growth DAWN has expanded. We now have a DAWN rep on each Constituency EXCO and communicate monthly on telecons.
Awards Dedication and Commitment to EC DAWN (2012), Leadership Role Supporting EC DAWN (2010)
Mentorship Laphumilanga students (2012 &2013. Successful nominations of Genny Cannon and Sindiswa Nqgondela to the the Prov Council, Karen Smith and Sam Jankowich Besan to the Prov Disciplinary Committee and Seni Mzenze to the Federal Disciplinary Committee(2012).
DASO Signatory for DASO at NMMU: on campus mentoring and support for Chairs & Candidates in first 2 SRC elections contested by DASO.
Track Record Joined the DP in 1995. Chaired the Algoa Region from 1995-1999. PEC, Federal Council and Prov Council Member 1995-1999.
Activist, Lobbyist & Leader Political & Rights Activist since 1979 (Rhodes SRC, Black Sash and E C Women’s Coalition)


The frustrated people of Rosedale in Uitenhage closed their clinic this morning  (subs:  Monday, 27 February) because they had simply had enough. It is completely unacceptable for patients to have to resort to such a drastic measure because the provincial Department of Health has allowed this vital facility to go without a permanent doctor and to suffer staff and medicine shortages.   Emails from the clinic committee submitted to the MEC …

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THE allegations made in the rape case reported in the Daily Dispatch of February 14 refer. Women live under a constant threat of violence and rape and to our sorrow South Africa continues to have the highest rape statistics in the world. We appeal to all readers to embrace our constitution. The time has come to speak up. Let’s unite to build a safe, caring society for the sake of …

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The Department continues to delay the delivery of an organogram workload had tripled I conclude with a question How much of this report qualifies as post-truth because of repetitive findings?” Honourable Premier, Madam Speaker, colleagues and esteemed guests Molweni Nonke! It is a privilege to greet you and to wish you the happiest New Year yet! Health affects every single one of us no matter who we are or where …

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On Monday, during the early hours, (subs: 28 November)  the NU 11 Clinic in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro (NMBM) was targeted by thieves who vandalised the facility in the most irresponsible fashion.  This is the latest of a number of break-ins at clinics in the metro. Copper piping was stolen from the geyser  so — during this period of water restrictions in our city — water gushed out of …

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On Monday, 28 November 2016, the DA Women’s Network (DAWN) will hold its provincial event to launch this year’s campaign for 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence in Queenstown.  DA national spokesperson and member of the Gauteng Legislature, Refiloe Ntseke MPL and DA Eastern Cape Provincial Chairperson Veliswa Mvenya MPL will attend.  The programme will open with a vigil and the release of pink balloons for Petro Nel, one of …

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