Ambassador Mathu Joyini

Mathu Joyini is a Deputy Director-General (DDG) at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, heading the Diplomatic Academy and the Mediation Support Unit of the Department.

Prior to joining Government in 2001 January, she held various positions in the private sector in different industries, including Mining, Finance, Petroleum and Consulting, since 1991.


In the private sector, she occupied the following managerial and executive positions:

• Organisational Development Manager at Southern Life
• Consultant at Deloitte and Touche
• General Manager at Excel Petroleum
• Partner at Sediba Consulting

In Government, she occupied the following managerial and executive positions:

• Chief Director Human Resources;
• Deputy Director-General Human Resources at DIRCO;
• High Commissioner and Ambassador to 6 countries in the Caribbean;
• Permanent Representative of South Africa to the International Seabed Authority;
• Deputy Director General Diplomatic Training and Mediation Support; 2016 to date

Mathu holds the following degrees: BA in Social Work from Wits; MA Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, USA Masters in Business Administration from Wits Business School. Certificate in Integral Coaching from The University of Cape Town Certificate in Mediation from Swiss Peace Interests: Digital Diplomacy; Women Peace and Security; Leadership Development.