Baldwin Sipho "Ben" Ngubane (22 October 1941 – 12 July 2021) was a politician from South Africa. He held multiple positions in the post-apartheid government of the country. In particular, he was Premier of KwaZulu-Natal  and minister of Arts, Culture from 1994 until 31 August 1996 and from February 1999 until April 2004.
|Ambassador to Japan|
|Succeeded by||Gert Grobler|
|Minister of Arts and Culture|
February 1999 – April 2004
|Succeeded by||Pallo Jordan|
|2nd Premier of KwaZulu-Natal|
1 March 1997 – 9 February 1999
|Preceded by||Frank Mdlalose|
|Succeeded by||Lionel Mtshali|
|Minister of Arts and Culture|
11 May 1994 – 31 August 1996
|Born||22 October 1941|
|Died||12 July 2021(aged 79)|
|Political party||Inkatha Freedom Party|
|Alma mater||University of Natal|
Education and careerEdit
After attending St. Francis High School in the Durban suburb of Marianhill, he went to the Durban Medical School of the University of Natal (Durban, South Africa) where he obtained an MB ChB medical degree in 1971. He subsequently obtained diplomas in Tropical Medicine in 1982 and Public Health in 1983 from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). He furthermore received a Master's degree of Family Medicine (M Prax Med) from Natal Medical School (now the Nelson Mandela Medical School) in 1986 and a postgraduate diploma in Economics from the University of London in 2003.
In 1991 Ngubane was appointed Minister of Health in the KwaZulu government, a post he held until 1994. In 1992 Ngubane served on the CODESA working group which dealt with constitutional principles and constitution making. In 1993 he was involved in negotiations with the African National Congress on behalf of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Between 1997 and 1999, he was Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, and from 1999 to 2004, the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology of the KwaZulu government.
In 2020, Ngubane was twice called to testify before the The Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture in his capacities as, first, former SABC board chairperson, then, secondly, as the chairman of Eskom.
He received an honorary LLD degree from the University of Natal in 1995. In 2010, Ngubane was awarded an honorary PhD degree from the University of the Free State for his "contribution towards positioning South Africa as a major and an influential player in the development of arts, culture, science and technology internationally". Later that year he also received the Grand Cordon of the Japanese Order of the Rising Sun for his contributions "to the enhancement of the relationship and the cooperation in science and technology between Japan and South Africa". He furthermore received an honorary PhD degree from University of Zululand, an honorary PhD degree from Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, and an honorary DHL degree from International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan).
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