Mr. Godfrey Oliphant was sworn in as Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources on 1 November 2010. Mr. Oliphant was born in Warrenton; a small town situated 70km on the north-western side of Kimberley, in the Northern Cape. He attended his primary school education at Warrenton and completed his Matric at Huhudi High School at Ganyesa in the Vryburg area of the North-West Province. He later pursued further studies in Economics and still enjoys reading and running.
He became a Member of the first democratic Parliament in 1994 representing the ANC in the National Assembly. He was also a Member of the Portfolio Committee on Mineral and Energy, the Governance Committee and later became Chairperson of the ANC Chairpersons’ of Study Groups. He travelled extensively around the world as a trade union representative and later as a Member of Parliament (MP)