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Shri Essop Pahad had served as the Minister in the Presidency of Thabo Mbeki from 1999 to September 2008. From 1996 to June 1999, he was the deputy Minister in the office of Thabo Mbeki. Mr. Pahad is currently the Chairman of the Board of the South African Mali Timbuktu Manuscripts Trust and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the South African Democracy Education Trust. He is a Member of Parliament, and sat on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress. Mr. Pahad is also the founder and editor of the monthly journal called "The Thinker".
Shri Essop Pahad was recognized for his immense contribution in the field of public service and also for fostering ties between India and South Africa.