Minister in the Republic of South Africa Deputy Minister in the Republic of South Africa Director-General    
Deputy Minister
Director - General
Deputy Director - General


Minister Edna Molewa

Ms Barbara Creecy



Deputy Minister 
Deputy Minister Ms Barbara Thompson
Ms Maggie Sotyu





Deputy Director-General 
Deputy Director-General Mr Ishaam Abader
Mr Moegamat Ishaam Abader


Marital status: Married

Current position

Deputy Director General: Regulatory Compliance and Sector Monitoring.

Academic qualification

  • BA Degree
  • BProc Degree
  • Masters in Business Administration

Other training

Environmental Management Inspectors course

Certificate Courses: Advanced International Training Programme in Public Service Management (Sweden); Supervisory Training; Franklin Covey; Financial Management training; GMDP Network Sessions, General Litigation course (Justice), PS8 Project Management, Middle Management Training Course (Justice), Practical Law School, Internal Training programmes (State attorney), Misconduct Courses (Justice), Negotiation Skills Course (CLE), Trial Advocacy in the High Court (CLE), Trial Advocacy (BLA)

Positions / career / memberships / other activities

Ishaam Abader joined the public service in 1997 as a State Attorney after a period in the private sector (FMCG and attorneys practice) for DEA.

He has held the following posts and participated in the following structures during his career:

  • Admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • Right of appearance in the High Court
  • State Attorney
  • Chief Director: Legal (DEA)
  • DDG: Corporate Affairs (DEA)
  • DDG: LACE (current)
  • Grade I Environmental Management Inspector (Head of Green Scorpions)
  • Council of Geo Science Board member
  • SAWS Board member
  • National Nuclear Regulator Board member (current)
  • Membership: Law Society of South Africa
  • Membership: IoDSA

International cooperation and negotiation

  • Leader of DEAT delegation for various International Negotiations (including, but not limited to Tourism negotiations, Montreal Protocol, ABS, WHC)
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Finland and Sweden – Ministry of Environmental Affairs: Integrated Permitting
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to USA – Study Tour on National Parks Revenue Generation & Sustainable Use
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Geneva – CITES Ministerial Dialogue and Senior Officials Meeting for key States concerned with the illegal trade in rhinoceros horn
  • Leader of DEAT delegation to Lyon - Interpol Wildlife Crime WG
  • Member of the Priority Committee on Wildlife Crimes of the NATJOINTS


  • Co-chair of Departmental Acquisition Committee
  • Leader of the Inter Departmental Project Implementation Committee (IPIC) task team
  • Chair: Project Evaluation Committee: DEA Green Building. 
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