MEC Helen Sauls-August

Born in Schauderville, Port Elizabeth and Went to Schools in Uitenhage. To further her studies MEC Sauls-August registered with University of Fort Hare and UNISA. MEC was deployed to the Department of Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison in the Eastern Cape deployed in 2010, a portfolio she held until the end of the term in 2014. She also served as the Chairperson of the Eastern Cape Aids Council. A board member at the Eastcape Midlands College (EMC) in Uitenhage and she also serves as a board member in the Institute for Municipal Public Safety of Southern Africa (IMPS-SA) - Stellenbosch, Cape Town. 

She has played various roles in the African National Congress (ANC), including the following:  

Served in various capacities in the ANC structures and currently, she is serving as the Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANC in the Eastern Cape Province.
Serves in the Provincial Working Committee (PWC) of the ANC in the Eastern Cape Province.
A Former Regional Executive Committee (REC) member of the ANC in the Metro as the Treasurer.

Role in Governance

  • Started as a Uitenhage Transitional Local Councillor in 1998 and served in the Finance and Social Services Committee.
  • Served in the Metro from 2001 - 2006 as a Mayoral Committee member
  • She was the Portfolio Chairperson for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in 2006 
  • From 2006 - 2008 She was the Portfolio Chairperson for Human Resources and Administration now known as Corporate Services 
  • From July 2008 to 2009 she became the Portfolio Chairperson for the Safety & Security in the Metro. 
  • From 2009 to 2010, she was the Speaker of the Nelson Mandela Metro Council. 
  • In 2010 she became an MPL in the Eastern Cape Legislature, and subsequently was appointed by Premier Noxolo Kiviet as an MEC of Human Settlements, Safety & Liaison. 

After the 2014 National Elections, Premier Phumulo Masualle appointed MEC Sauls-August as MEC for Human Settlements. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​