Her early life

Dr Phophi Ramathuba was born at Elim Hospital and grew up in Mashamba village, Vhembe region, Limpopo Province. She was raised by the working class family like any rural child in the area where there are dusty roads, with no electricity and limited access to basic health services. She was natured in Gauteng and matured in the Waterberg District.

Academic background

After matriculating, she pursuit her studies at Sefako Makgatho School of health sciences (previously known as MEDUNSA) where she obtained MBCHB. She further achieved Masters in Medical Pharmacology from the University of Pretoria, Advanced Health Management from Manchester Business School and Leadership for Physicians at INSEAD University.
During her tenure as the student, she became the Branch Executive Committee member of South African Student Congress ( SASCO) and later Provincial Executive Committee member. She continues to become the General Secretary of Student Representative Council (SRC) and also its Deputy President.

Work experience

She started working as an Intern at Mokopane and George Masebe Hospitals performing the Community Service between 2000 -2001. She then became the Medical officer at Voortrekker Hospital from 2001 to 2002, Senior Clinical Manager and later Head of the Institution from 2004 to 2011.
During her period of employment within three hospitals located in Mogalakwena Municipality, she won several awards which include Premiers service excellent award in 2015.
As the resident in Mogalakwena Municipality, she was active within the community based structures such as ward committees, Aids Council and health related committees.

Trade Union Background

Dr Ramathuba participated in the workers struggles for better conditions and transformation of the working place after her employment in the public service. She is amongst the founding of South African Medical Association Trade Union (SAMATU). She also served in the board of SAMA as a Director from 2004 to 2015 and National Chair for Public Service Doctors from 2008 to 2013.
She became the President of SAMA and later the Treasure General of the Common Wealth Medical Association from 2013 to 2015. She served in the Central Executive Committee of COSATU based on her capacity as the President of SAMA which is affiliated to the federation.

Political Background

During the establishment phase of local government she became part of African National Congress Branch Executive Committee of ward 31 in Mogalakwena Municipality. She was recruited to serve in the interim leadership core of the Young Communist League in 2003 which led to the relaunch of YCL nationally. As an all round politician who is passionate about broader gender struggles and total women’s emancipation she is a member of African Woman’s League who served in the Provincial Executive Committee.
She served in the Regional Executive Committee of the ANC until elected to the Provincial Executive Committee from 2014 to date, where she is part of the working committee. She is currently serving as the Provincial Treasure of the South African Communist Party in Limpopo and Member of the Executive Council for Health in Limpopo.