President Jacob Zuma announced his new executive, with a few surprises.
As expected, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is the country’s new deputy president.
The other members of the Cabinet are:
- Minister in the Presidency: Jeff Radebe;
- Minister of Women in the Presidency: Susan Shabangu;
- Minister of Justice and Correctional Services: Michael Masutha;
- Minister of Public Service and Administration: Collins Chabane;
- Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula;
- Minister of Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba;
- Minister of Environmental Affairs: Edna Molewa;
- Minister of State Security: David Mahlobo;
- Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Service: Siyabonga Cwele;
- Minister of Police: Nkosinathi Nhleko;
- Minister of Trade and Industry: Rob Davies;
- Minister of Finance: Nhlanhla Nene;
- Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Senzeni Zokwana;
- Minister of Water and Sanitation: Nomvula Mokonyane;
- Minister of Basic Education: Angie Motshekga;
- Minister of Health: Aaron Motsoaledi;
- Minister of International Relations and Co-operation: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane;
- Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform: Gugile Nkwinti;
- Minister of Higher Education and Training: Blade Nzimande;
- Minister of Economic Development: Ebrahim Patel;
- Minister of Transport: Dipuo Peters;
- Minister of Mineral Resources: Ngoako Ramathlodi;
- Minister of Social Development: Bathabile Dlamini;
- Minister of Public Enterprises: Lynne Brown;
- Minister of Sport and Recreation: Fikile Mbalula;
- Minister of Labour: Mildred Oliphant;
- Minister of Arts and Culture: Nathi Mthethwa;
- Minister of Public Works: Thulas Nxesi;
- Minister of Small Business Development: Lindiwe Zulu;
- Minister of Energy: Tina Joemat-Pettersson;
- Minister of Science and Technology: Naledi Pandor;
- Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Pravin Gordhan;
- Minister of Communications: Faith Muthambi;
- Minister of Human Settlements: Lindiwe Sisulu;
- Minister of Tourism: Derek Hanekom.
Zuma also reconfigured his cabinet, announcing several new ministries.
“We have established a ministry of telecommunications and postal services,” Zuma said while making his Cabinet announcement.
“Our country has a fast growing telecommunications sector which in 2012 was estimated at being worth R180-billion.”
The aim of the new ministry was to get more value out of the telecommunications sector, he said.
The communications department had been reconfigured to include more functions.
“We have established a new communications ministry which will be responsible for overarching communication policy and strategy, information dissemination and publicity, as well as the branding of the country abroad,” Zuma announced.
“This ministry will be formed out of the following components: the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the SA Broadcasting Corporation, Government Communication and Information Systems, Brand SA and the Media Development and Diversity Agency.”
The National Planning Commission and the ministry of performance, monitoring and evaluation will be merged.
“This ministry will also continue to be responsible for youth development.”
Susan Shabangu will head a brand-new department, within the presidency, dedicated to women.
Lulu Xingwana previously headed the ministry for women, children, and people with disabilities. She lost out on a position in Zuma’s latest Cabinet. Shabangu has been in charge of mineral resources since May 2009. –Sapa.