Natasha Mazzone

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Natasha Mazzone
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Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises
Assumed office
1 February 2012
Leader Mmusi Maimane
Preceded by Manie Van Dyk
Shadow Minister of Communications
In office
6 September 2010 – 1 February 2012
Preceded by Niekie van den Berg
Succeeded by Marian Shinn
Member of Parliament
for Southern Pretoria, Gauteng
Assumed office
6 May 2009
Personal details
Born 9 May 1979
Pretoria, South Africa
Nationality South African
Political party Democratic Alliance
Spouse(s) Kevin Mileham
Residence Pretoria, South Africa
Alma mater University of Pretoria and UNISA
Occupation Member of Parliament
Profession Politician

Natasha Wendy Anita Mazzone (born Pretoria, 1979) is a South African politician, a Member of the South African Parliament with the Democratic Alliance (South Africa) and the Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.[1]

Early life and education

Mazzone is the child of immigrant parents, and was born in Pretoria South Africa.[2] Her father Giovanni was born in Pietrastornina in the Province of Avellino in Italy and is a chef. Her mother Valerie was born in London, England. Mazzone is the youngest of three children. She attended Sunnyside Primary School and The Glen High School.

Mazzone studied for law degree from the University of Pretoria but did not complete the degree. She completed her legal articles at Hahn & Hahn Attorneys. Mazzone studied music and opera at the Lorraine Haverman school of music. In 2010 Mazzone was selected to attend the American Council of Young Political Leaders program.

Political career

Mazzone is a feminist advocate for equal rights, LGBTI activist and a liberal.

Mazzone started her political career in 1997 at the University of Pretoria (UP) where she was the chairperson of the Democratic Party (DP) Youth branch.[2] In 1998, she was elected as the National Federal Youth Leader of the DP. In the same year, she was elected to the Student Representative Council at UP and was the Executive member for Student Safety. In 1999, Mazzone was elected as the Speaker of the UP SRC. In 2000, the Democratic Alliance (DA) was formed and the DP formed part of this merger. She was then elected as the National Federal Youth Leader of the DA, a position she held until 2004.[citation needed]

In 2000, Mazzone stood for election as a city councillor in the Tshwane Metro. In December, she was elected and at age 21 was the youngest councillor in the Metro. In 2003, the DA caucus in the Metro elected Mazzone to the position of Chief Whip of the Official Opposition and she held this position until her election to Parliament in May 2009.[citation needed]

Mazzone was elected to Parliament on 6 May 2009. She was first made the Shadow Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development. During the first Shadow cabinet reshuffle Mazzone was made the Shadow Minister of Communications. She held this position until the second cabinet reshuffle during which she was made the Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises. In the 5th Parliament (elected 27 May 2014), she remains Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises.[3]

Mazzone is a whip in the National Assembly and represents the Democratic Alliance on the Rules and Joint Rules Committee, the Powers & Privileges Committee and the Programming committee. She is also the Democratic Alliance whip in charge of legislation.[citation needed]

Personal life

She is a Buddhist; she married fellow Democratic Alliance MP Kevin Mileham in July 2017.


  1. ^ "National Assembly Members - Democratic Alliance". Retrieved February 18, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Ms Natasha Wendy Anita Mazzone". People's Assembly, South Africa. Archived from the original on 2016-04-09. Retrieved 2018-02-19.
  3. ^ Patton, Carol (14 June 2016). "SAA admission puts a new spin on pilot arbitration". Business Day. Retrieved 19 June 2016.

External links

  • People's Assembly profile
  • Profile on Twitter

Offices held

Political offices
Preceded by
Niekie van den Berg
South African Shadow Minister of Communications
Succeeded by
Marian Shinn
Preceded by
Manie Van Dyk
South African Shadow Minister of Public Enterprises
Succeeded by
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