Thursday, April 29, 2010

Mosima Gabriel "Tokyo" Sexwale

Mosima Gabriel Sexwale, left, commonly known as Tokyo Sexwale, is the current Minister of Human Settlements of South Africa. His nickname of "Tokyo" is derived from his involvement with the sport of karate as a youth. On 10 May 2009, South Africa's new President Jacob Zuma appointed the veteran Sexwale as Minister of Human Settlements.

Sexwale founded Mvelaphanda Holdings, a company of which he is still executive chairman that primarily focuses on the mining, energy and related sectors. He has been granted concessions across Africa and Russia for diamond and energy extractions and these interests are controlled by a subsidiary of Mvelaphanda Holdings called Mvelaphanda Resources, of which he is chairman. Sexwale has become a major player in the diamond industry, with his company reportedly being the third biggest after De Beers and JFPI Corporation.

In 2005, Sexwale hosted the South African version of "The Apprentice," on SABC3.

Sexwale has two children by a first wife, and two children by his second wife, Judy Van Vuuren. (Wiki)

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