George Monyemangene was born in Botlokwa (Limpopo Province), South Africa. He earned a Master of Management: Public & Development Management (MM: P&DM) at the University of the Witwatersrand, and in addition, he completed a certificate in the Practice of Trade Policy: Economics, Negotiations and Rules from Harvard University and a Diploma in Trade Policy with the WTO.
Prior to joining DIRCO and assuming the post of Consul General-New York, George Monyemangene was the Executive Director of Sekhwama Consulting, a consultancy that provided services in trade and investments on the African continent and beyond.
In his tenure at the Department of Trade and Industry (henceforth referred to as the dti), he has served as a Foreign Economic Representative for South Africa in Mozambique and Angola and as the Head: African Economic Relations (Bilaterals and Multilaterals). The latter post was subsequently split into two and prior to his departure from the dti, he occupied the position of Head: African Economic Relations (Bilaterals) within the International Trade and Economic Division (ITED). Responsibilities primarily encompassed the co-ordination and facilitation of South Africa’s bilateral economic engagements on the rest of the African continent. This entailed the advancement of the overarching objectives of NEPAD, negotiation of and the implementation of economic co-operation frameworks and bilateral investment treaties, the promotion of intra-Africa Trade, the leveraging of bilateral economic relations to foster regional economic integration and oversight of the Regional Spatial Development Initiatives Programme.
During his tenure, he was also a member of the Credit Insurance Committee of the Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (ECIC) and represented the dti on the Counterpart Group of the Fund for Research into Industrial Development, Growth and Equity (FRIDGE), which is administered by the IDC. He also sat on several committees comprised of government departments, research organisations and donor programmes, such as the Africa Business Network (ABN).
He took up his post as the Consul General of South Africa in New York on the 18th of January 2011.