Pule Isaac Malefane was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in the working class community of Meadowlands, Ambassador became active in student politics during the 1980’s. Although, necessity required him to enter the workforce when finishing, the spirit of political activism continued as he became involved with union politics when working for the now defunct ‘Black Local Authority’.
Young Pule had a natural feel for leadership and public duty rising quickly through the ranks becoming a shop steward at work, whilst also being active within the community. This progression resulted in him leading the local branch of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). As South Africa began to move towards democracy in the early 1990’s, Ambassador Malefane began to fulfil roles throughout the Tripartite Alliance (the African National Congress, South African Communist Party and COSATU), fulfilling roles within the local and provincial executive committee structures. Ultimately, this led to the holding of public office in South Africa’s first democratic government as a member of the Gauteng Provincial Legislature from 1994.
Ambassador Malefane has continued to serve the people of South Africa in varying capacities since that initial appointment; including as the Chief Executive and Chief Operations Officer at the Gauteng Tourism Authority. He was also previously, South Africa’s Consul General in Mumbai, India – serving as the Dean of the Consular corps – before being appointed as the Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey. The experience developed during his life has taught him a keen understanding of what is required in leadership and managerial roles.