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Few surprises in Zuma's new Cabinet

2014-05-25 20:25

Cape Town - There have been few surprises in the Cabinet announced by President Jacob Zuma, with 14 ministers retained in their old portfolios.

In one of the few surprises, Nhlanhla Nene was named finance minister and former finance chief Pravin Gordhan moved to the local government ministry.

As expected, Cyril Ramaphosa becomes the country's new deputy president, and former justice minister Jeff Radebe moves to the presidency to head the now combined planning and monitoring ministries.

In an interesting twist, former police commissioner Bheki Cele has been brought in from the cold and named deputy minister of agriculture, forestry, and fisheries.

Michael Masutha becomes the minister of justice and correctional services, another new super ministry.

Zuma moved former police minister Nathi Mthethwa from the security cluster to the arts and culture portfolio in what could be seen as the demotion of a close ally in response to the 2012 killing of striking mineworkers at Marikana in the North West.

The new police minister is Nkosinathi Nhleko - a former director general in the labour department.

Former mineral resources minister Susan Shabangu loses her portfolio to Ngoako Ramathlodi - the former deputy minister of correctional services - and will head the new ministry for women, which will be located in the presidency.

In another shake-up in the security cluster, former intelligence minister Siyabonga Cwele has been moved to a new ministry of telecommunications and postal services - created to shape the fast-growing sector as well as the post office's role in delivering financial services to remote areas, Zuma said.

The president also created a new ministry of small business development, in line he said, with his second term's stated mission of focusing on growing the economy and creating jobs.

That ministry will be led by Lindiwe Zulu - who has served as Zuma's international affairs advisor.

However, Zuma has retained Ebrahim Patel as minister of economic development and Rob Davies as minister of trade and industry.

Similarly, he has kept Dipuo Peters at Transport, Aaron Motsoaledi at health, Fikile Mbalula at sport, Blade Nzimande at higher education, Angie Mosthekga at basic education, and Edna Molewa at environmental affairs.

However, she will no longer handle water affairs, as that was given to a new ministry of water and sanitation to be headed by former Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane remains minister of international relations and Thulas Nxesi retains the difficult portfolio of public works. Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula continues as defence minister and Mildred Oliphant as labour minister.

Gugile Nkwinti remains minister of land reform and rural development and Bathabile Dlamini remains minister of social development.

Lindiwe Sisulu becomes minister of human settlements - a post she has held in the past.

Zuma announced the creation of a new information ministry that will deal with all government communication and branding and include the SA Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Communications Authority of SA (Icasa).

It will be headed by Faith Muthambi, who has been an ordinary ANC MP.

Former ANC Western Cape premier Lyn Brown becomes minister of public enterprises in a return to political prominence.

Malusi Gigaba, the previous incumbent, was moved to home affairs. There he replaces Naledi Pandor, who moves to science and technology, a post she has previously held.

Zuma said his new Cabinet had been given the task of stepping up delivery and overseeing a "radical phase of socio-economic transformation".

"The team will implement the five-year medium-term strategic framework of government which has been developed using the National Development Plan and the ANC manifesto," he said.

- SAPA
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