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.

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