In a move reminiscent of former president Jacob Zuma, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to the National Executive late last night.
“These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address,” Ramaphosa said in a speech at the Union Buildings last night.
The new line-up of ministers in the cabinet follows on below but we’d be remiss not mention the absence of 10 ministers who were axed.
These former ministers include Lynne Brown, Faith Muthambi, Fikile Mbalula, Des Van Rooyen, Mosebenzi Zwane, Bongani Bongo, Hlengiwe Mkhize, Nkosinathi Nhleko, David Mahlobo, and Joe Maswanganyi.
|Portfolio||Former Minister||New Minister|
|Communications||Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane||Nomvula Mokonyane|
|Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs||Des Van Rooyen||Zweli Mkhize|
|Energy||David Mahlobo||Jeff Radebe|
|Finance||Malusi Gigaba||Nhlanlha Nene|
|Higher Education||Hlengiwe Mkhize||Naledi Pandor|
|Home Affairs||Ayanda Dlodlo||Malusi Gigaba|
|Human Settlements||Lindiwe Sisulu||Nomaindia Mfeketo|
|International Relations and Cooperation||Maite Nkoana-Mashabane||Lindiwe Sisulu|
|Mineral Resources||Mosebenzi Zwane||Gwede Mantashe|
|Police||Fikile Mbalula||Bheki Cele|
|Public Enterprises||Lynne Brown||Pravin Gordhan|
|Public Service and Administration||Faith Muthambi||Ayanda Dlodlo|
|Public Works||Nathi Nhleko||Thulas Nxesi|
|Rural Development and Land Reform||Gugile Nkwinti||Maite Nkoana-Mashabane|
|Science and Technology||Naledi Pandor||Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane|
|Social Development||Bathabile Dlamini||Susan Shabangu|
|Sport and Recreation||Thulas Nxesi||Tokozile Xasa|
|State Security||Bongani Bongo||Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba|
|Presidency||Jeff Radebe||Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|
|Tourism||Tokozile Xasa||Derek Hanekom|
|Transport||Joe Maswanganyi||Blade Nzimande|
|Water and Sanitation||Nomvula Mokonyane||Gugile Nkwinti|
|Women in the Presidency||Susan Shabangu||Batabile Dlamini|
Those are the new ministers for now.
Ramaphosa reiterated during the reshuffle that a review of the configuration, size and number of ministers and departments is currently under way.
The president also announced his deputy president would be David Mabuza who enters the position with a history of controversy.
The new cabinet will be sworn into service in Cape Town today.[Image – CC BY ND GovernmentZA]