Reshuffle for Mpumalanga cabinet

2010-11-04 08:00

Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has finally confirmed rumours that have been circulating over a few months about reshuffling his cabinet.

Mabuza fired department of economic development and tourism member of the executive council (MEC) Jabu Mahlangu and his agriculture, rural development and land administration counterpart Meshack Malinga.

ANC chief whip Siphosezwe Masango and Select Committee on Public Accounts member Candith Mashego-Dlamini walked in as the new MECs for Human Settlements and Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration respectively.

Mabuza however declined to field any question from the media after his announcement.

“The ANC-led government remains committed towards improving the quality of life of all citizens, particularly the poor people in our society. Central to its work is the need to address the challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequalities within the context of a growing and inclusive economy,” Mabuza said.

“For us to realise these objectives, we need strong and dedicated leadership to ensure that we have a government that is caring and responsive to the needs of communities,” he added.

Mabuza said he decided to reshuffle the cabinet to strengthen the leadsership in order to meet the expectations of the
electorate.

“Among key considerations, I have taken into account experience, strengths and commitment to select from a pool of elected representatives,” he added.

The rest of the cabinet positions stand as follows:
»?Finance: Pinky Phosa (retained).
»?Economic development and tourism: Norman Mokoena (from corporative governance and traditional affairs).
»?Health and Social Development: Dikeledi Mahlangu (retained).
»?Education: Regina Mhaule (retained).
»?Corporative governance and traditional affairs: Madala Masuku (from human settlements).
»?Public works, roads and transport: Clifford Mkasi (retained).
»?Safety, security and community liaision head Sibongile Manana swapped departments with culture, sport and recreation head Vusi Shongwe.

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