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Michael Mabuyakhulu is a member of the Executive Council on Economic Development in the South African Provincial Legislature. Until 1999, he was Convener of the African National Congress Caucus within the Economic Development and Tourism Portfolio Committee. Before joining the legislature in 1994, he was the regional secretary of the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa (NUMSA) for northern KwaZulu-Natal. Mike began his career in 1982 as a production manager for Mintex, where he was elected president of the engineering sector of the Metal and Allied Workers Union of South Africa. Throughout the 1980s, he facilitated political negotiations between the ANC and the Inkatha Freedom Party. Mike holds a degree in management and a postgraduate diploma in business administration from the University of Wales. He also completed an advanced business program through the Durban University of Technology. He is currently pursuing his masters in business administration. He is a Fellow of the fifth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.