Dr Nomafrench Mbombo was appointed as Western Cape Health Minister in 2015. Previously, she served as Minister at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports. Before entering into politics, Dr Mbombo was an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, University of the Western Cape (UWC), South Africa. She holds a PhD in the area of Gender and Human Rights (UWC), Masters in Maternal & Child Health (UKZN) and a Bachelor’s in Nursing Science (UFH). She is a mother, a human rights activist and nature lover. Her area of interest is community empowerment to reclaim the voices of the populations at risk such as young women, girls, rural women and minority groups.