Ramaphosa names new Cabinet

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announces his Cabinet reshuffle. PHOTO: Thobile Mathonsi/African News Agency/ ANA

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday named African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza as the country’s new deputy president in a late-night Cabinet reshuffle.

Mabuza is expected to be sworn-in on Tuesday in Cape Town.

“I have decided to make certain changes to the composition of the executive of our country. These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to continue implementing the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State-of-the-Nation Address,” Ramaphosa said.

“In making these changes, I have been very conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability for the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation in our country.”

Ramaphosa said the Cabinet reshuffle he effected on Monday was aimed at making the national government function better.

“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. In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation,” said Ramaphosa.

”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.”

With respect to Cabinet Ministers, Ramaphosa announced the following appointments:

– Communications:  Nomvula Mokonyane

– Energy: Jeff Radebe

– 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: Dr Blade Nzimande

– Water and Sanitation: Gugile Nkwinti

Pending the completion of their swearing-in as Members of the National Assembly, Ramaphosa also announced Dr Zweli Mkhize will be appointed as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, while Nhlanhla Nene takes over as Minister of Finance.

Ramaphosa expressed gratitude to the outgoing ministers, including Fikile Mbalula, Hlengiwe Mkhize, Lynne Brown, Joe Maswanganyi – without mentioning them by name.

– African News Agency

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