Buti Kgwaridi Manamela is the current Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, having previously served as the Deputy Minister for Planning and Monitoring in the Presidency since 26 May 2014. He formerly served as SASCO Deputy President (2001) whilst reading for his National Certificate, N5 (1998-2001) in Electronic Engineering. He also read for an Honours Programme in Public Administration (2008). He served on the South African Communist Party leadership band as National Secretary of the Young Communist League (2003), Ex Officio Central Committee (2003-to-date) and Ex Officio Politburo SACP (2003-to-date). He has been an ANC Member of Parliament since 2009.