Before joining the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) as CEO in 1998, Mr Netshitenzhe was Head of Communication in President Nelson Mandela’s office. In addition to being GCIS CEO, he was appointed Head of the Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) in The Presidency, in 2001. He headed the PCAS on a full-time basis from 2006 until his retirement in 2009.
Mr Netshitenzhe now works as an independent researcher, and is the Executive Director of the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA). He is a member of the ANC National Executive Committee. He is also a Member of the Boards of Nedbank Group and Life Healthcare Group, and the Advisory Board of the Nelson Mandela Trust, and the Board of CEEF.Africa (a section 21 company dealing with tertiary education opportunities).
He has a diploma in Political Science from the Institute of Social Sciences in Moscow (1984); as well as a post-graduate diploma in Economic Principles (1996) and a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Financial Economics with the University of London (1999).