New Cabinet announced

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced changes to the National Executive and the appointment of David Mabuza as the new Deputy President of the Republic.

Nhlanhla Nene, who held the post once before, has been appointed as Minister of Finance.

In a media briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday evening, the President said he had made the decision to make certain changes to the composition of the National Executive.

“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,” he said.

The Ministerial appointments are as follows:

  • Communications: Nomvula Mokonyane
  • Higher Education and Training: Naledi Pandor
  • Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba
  • Human Settlements: Nomaindia Mfeketo
  • International Relations and Cooperation: Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Mineral Resources: Gwede Mantashe
  • Police: Bheki Cele
  • Public Enterprises: Pravin Gordhan
  • Public Service and Administration: Ayanda Dlodlo
  • Public Works: Thulas Nxesi
  • Rural Development and Land Reform: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
  • Science and Technology: Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane
  • Social Development: Susan Shabangu
  • Sport and Recreation: Tokozile Xasa
  • State Security: Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
  • The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
  • The Presidency: Women: Bathabile Dlamini
  • Tourism: Derek Hanekom
  • Transport: Blade Nzimande
  • Water and Sanitation: Gugile Nkwinti
  • The President also announced the following Deputy Ministers: 
  • Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Sfiso Buthelezi
  • Communications: Pinky Kekana
  • Finance: Mondli Gungubele
  • Public Service and Administration: Chana Pilane-Majeke
  • Small Business Development: Cassel Mathale

The positions of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will remain vacant.

“Pending the completion of their swearing-in as Members of the National Assembly, I intend to further appoint Mr David Mabuza as the Deputy President of the Republic; Dr Zweli Mkhize as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs; Mr Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance; Ms Reginah Mhaule as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.”

President Ramaphosa said in making the changes, he was conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation.

“As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments. We will retain the existing Ministries and Departments until that review is completed,” he said.

Many of the new Ministers and Deputy Ministers will be sworn in, in Cape Town tomorrow. The others will be sworn in, in the coming days.

“I wish to express my appreciation to all outgoing Ministers and Deputy Ministers for their service to government and to the people of South Africa,” said President Ramaphosa.





New President's SONA address like drought-breaking rain

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address was like a week of cool, drought-breaking rain, says the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“The dark mood has lifted, the air smells better and, like farmers, we can now plan new crops and investments,” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.

“We have lived through a long season of bad news and suppressed hope, but some of the things the new president has said and done have been heartening. This is already reflected in the improved exchange rate and the rise of business confidence.”

The whole tone of the address was a pleasant change from the past and the commitment to serve the people was welcome.

Ms Myburgh said there was a long hard road ahead, but President Ramaphosa had got the priorities right. Corruption required urgent attention and it was already clear that the government is no longer just making promises. The clean-up had actually started and accountability was not just a word anymore.

She said the Chamber would watch the coming cabinet reshuffle with great interest because it would give strong indications or the new direction the country was taking. “We welcome his promise of a smaller and less expensive Cabinet. Some of the things that have to be done are obvious and he can expect broad support, but there are also difficult areas like land reform and expropriation without compensation – which we are opposed to.”

“Modern farming, especially in the Western, Cape is capital intensive and without secure property rights, farmers will be reluctant to invest in the modern irrigation systems that have made farms so productive. Also banks will want that security before advancing loans. This is going to be a very difficult area and we will be watching closely,” Ms Myburgh said.

The other vital area was in labour law reform where there had long been agreement on the need to make it easier for businesses to employ young, inexperienced workers. “We need some movement here and we need strike ballots to make the work place more democratic. Business and labour agreed on strike ballots at Nedlac but the legislation was never introduced. Secret strike ballots should reduce intimidation and they should end much of the violence we see in strike seasons,” Ms Myburgh said.

Given President Ramaphosa’s experience in labour relations and business, this would be a key area. “We have someone who understands both sides of the issue, but the key might be his alliance partners and whether they were amenable to the kind of compromises South Africa needs,” Ms Myburgh said. “The key question is how will he deal with the inevitable push back?”


New era for SA

South Africa's newly elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will deliver his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Parliament tonight, amid high expectations and enthusiasm.

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