Mlibo Qoboshiyane was born in Misty Mount, outside Libode, in the Mpondo Kingdom to Mr and Mrs Qoboshiyane. Raised in a strong Christian family, he grew up respecting local communities, tradition leaders, elders and his fellow friends.He started his primary education at local schools in Misty Mount and later educationally relocated to further his higher primary, junior secondary, high school and tertiary education in Mthatha, the former capital city of the erstwhile Transkei Homeland.
Qoboshiyane was born at the height of the pernicious apartheid regime. The ill-treatment of his fellow men and women inspired him to thirst for knowledge, wisdom and strategy to contribute towards liberation of his fellow people hence he joined the ANC from a tender age.
While many were playing with their toys, MEC Qoboshiyane was busy learning politics, preparing a lifelong commitment towards the total liberation of all South Africa.He has a Diploma in Youth Development from Unisa, completed a certificate in basic and advanced project management with the then University of Port Elizabeth.
Currently, he is studying towards a degree in political leadership and citizens with Unisa, which includes political evolution of African states, the politics of contemporary Africa, communication and business management. He has worked for government in various departments, starting with the Department of Education, Office of the Premier, Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Local Government and Traditional Affairs and Social Development.
His humble leadership prowes saw him deployed by the ANC to be the King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipal Council Speaker, later a Member of Provincial Legislature, serving as the Chairperson of the Local Government and Traditional Affairs Portfolio Committee before being appointed by former Premier, Ms Noxolo Kiviet to MEC for the same department.In many ways more than one, MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane draws his inspiration from President Jacob Zuma’s humble style of leadership. He is married to Vathiswa Qoboshiyane and they have two sons, Luyolo and Yolisa.
Cutting his teeth from the ANC’s selfless liberation struggle and being anchored in strong family values, Qoboshiyane is committed to the programme of building better communities in the Eastern Cape.He currently serves in the ANC PEC, heads election. Following the 2014 general elections, Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, appointed him to head the Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Department.