Barbara Creecy

MEC for Finance

Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy grew up in Johannesburg where she attended the University of Witwatersrand. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Political Science and subsequently completed a Masters Degree in Public Policy and Management with the University of London. Ms Creecy was elected to the Gauteng Provincial Legislature in 1994. For ten years she served the Legislature in a number of capacities including Deputy Chief Whip as well as Chairperson of the Social Development and Education Committees.

In 2009 she was appointed MEC for Education after completing a five year term of office as MEC for Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture. Whilst MEC for Education, Creecy lead her Department to achieve four consecutive unqualified audit reports. In 2013 the Department received an award from the South African Institute for Government Auditors (SAICA) for the best financial statements in Gauteng.
Under Ms Creecy’s leadership, the Gauteng Department of Education pioneered a turnaround strategy to improve matric performance in 400 underperforming township schools. In April 2014 the programme was recognized by the United Nations as awarded first prize in the category “Improving Delivery of Public Services”.

Ms Creecy joined the anti-apartheid movement and later the underground structures on the ANC whilst a student at Wits in the late 1970’s. She worked for the Civic Desk of the United Democratic Front and later joined an NGO that offered training and organisational development support to trade unions and community structures. She has been a member of the Provincial Executive Committee of the ANC since 2004.

Ms Creecy is the mother of Geeta and Sean and spends her free time walking, swimming, practising yoga or focusing on a good book.