Supra Obakeng Ramoeletsi Mahumapelo was born on the 7th June 1968 in a tiny village of Manamolela in the former Western Transvaal next to a small town of Delareyville which is now part of the North West Province. His late mother, Agnes Matlakala Bereng was a domestic worker in the city of Klerksdorp currently known as Matlosana. She later worked as a domestic worker in Heldekruin Roodepoort and forced by her son in 1995 to leave domestic work. His late father, Stephen Kalagongwe Mahumapelo was an entrepreneur in the village of Moruleng near Rustenburg. He grew up as a herd boy in the Manamolela village.
Supra started his schooling at Marotse Primary School, located approximately 5km from Manamolela Village where he was born and grew up. He, like other children in the village, had to walk on bare foot to school. He later attended at Tlotlego Middle School in the now Atamelang Township which is about 3km from the Manamolela Village. His High School years were in both Phatshima High School in Atamelang and Kgamanyane High School in Moruleng where he matriculated in 1988.
Post Matric Education
- Supra acquired a National Diploma in Commercial Practice (NDCom) at the former Technikon Northern Transvaal (TNT) now TUT in Soshanguve in the now province of Gauteng.
- He also did a Certificate in Public Finance and Economics with the University of South Africa (Unisa).
- He did his Masters Degree in Political Economy with the former University of Port Elizabeth (UPE) now the Nelson Mandela Metro University.
Supra Mahumapelo was recruited into politics by a fellow student Esiah Mali who came from Bothaville in the Province of the Free State in 1983. He was later introduced to the late Victor Sefora, the leader of the Seoposengwe Party based in Tlhabane Rustenburg in 1986. In the same year (1986), he was given work to recruit people into the ANC by Cde Ndleleni Duma in the Moruleng area. At the same time, he met the late Steve Segale who encouraged him to work hard in implementing the work given to him to recruit people into the ANC. As part of instilling discipline, the late Steve Segale gave him the responsibility to translate the Freedom Charter into Setswana using an old type writer.
Upon his arrival at Technikon Northern Transvaal (TNT) now TUT in Soshanguve in 1989, he joined the South African National Students Congress (SANSCO) now Sasco and got elected in various positions in the Branch Executive Committee. He was expelled with other student’s activists in 1990 for political activities. Arrested on several occasions with other student activists by the Pretoria police but this did not deter him. Concurrent with his political involvement in Soshanguve, he recruited comrades at his home in Atamelang and the surrounding villages to join the ANC. Due to arrests by the Bop police, the political work in the area had to be done in nearby forest and surrounding villages.
Supra was appointed as an ANC Provincial Deputy Elections Co-ordinator in 1994 in Klerksdorp. Moved over to Mafikeng in 1995 and later got elected as the Mmabatho ANC Branch Chairperson. In 1998 he was elected as the Provincial Chairperson of the ANCYL in NW. In 2002 he was elected as an additional member of the ANC PEC in NW. The ANC employed him as the Provincial Political Education Secretary from 1995 to 2004. In 2005 he was elected as the ANC Provincial Secretary and again in 2008. The collective of the ANC PEC was dissolved by the NEC in 2009. When the Provincial Conference was reconvened in February 2011 he got elected as the ANC Provincial Chairperson to date.
He was elected as part of the ANC collective in 2004 constituting the NW Provincial Legislature and there he was deployed in various capacities which included, Chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economy and later became the Chief Whip of the ANC in 2005. He left the position voluntarily when he got elected as the ANC Provincial Secretary in 2005.
- April 2004, elected as part of the ANC collective in the North West Provincial Legislature and became the Chairperson for the Portfolio Committee on Finance and Economic Development, Members of the Public Accounts Committee, ANC Chief Whip. Resigned as Chief Whip in 2005 when he got elected as the ANC Provincial Secretary.
- February 2012, got deployed by the ANC as a member of the North West Provincial Legislature. Immediately made the Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Finance and Provincial Affairs.
- April 2012, got deployed by the ANC as the North West Provincial Legislature Speaker.
The Family Man
Supra Mahumapelo got married in 1996 to Christinah Kgari. They have four children, two boys and two girls. He recently became a grandfather when the first born was blessed with a son. He stays with his family in Mafikeng. Both his parents are no more. Steve Mahumapelo passed on in 1997 and Agnes Bereng in 2008.
The Musical Man
The man started his singing in the Manamolela Village Methodist Church during the Sunday school sessions. He also participated in school choirs at all levels of his schooling period. His mother, Agnes was part of a band in Klerksdorp (Matlosana Moon Queens) in the 80`s when she was working as a domestic worker and use to perform during weekends. It is quite clear that his singing is genetically embedded.
The man started a company (360 Cure) in 2011 and among other things it focuses on talent development around cultural issues. Supra recorded his first album in December 2011 (Tseleng e thata, No Easy Road). He collaborated with singers from other bands based in Mafikeng.
Supra′s father, Steven Mahumapelo was a successful entrepreneur in Moruleng. It is clear that he also got the talent of being an entrepreneur from his late father. The idea of Afrikanos now owned by his wife was registered by him in 1988 and only got operational in 2010. He also started Diphateng Tourism Enterprise (2007) now owned and run by his wife.
He is now working hard to implement his idea of establishing his own chicken business (Chikanos) registered in 2011 and the 360 degrees Cure focusing among other things on issues of culture.
- Like other members of society, he attends church (Methodist) as and when he has time when his schedules of political engagements allow him.
- He also attends community meetings in the ward where he resides in Mafikeng particularly meetings convened by the ANC ward councillor.
- Recently (Jan 2012) he brought a group of youth together to establish an NGO (YES – Youth Entrepreneurship Style) conceptualized by himself with an objective of assisting young people in South Africa generally and North West Province in particular to develop themselves as entrepreneurs.
- He participates in many other activities aimed at assisting communities to overcome some of the challenges they face.