CAPE TOWN Sunny. Cool.

MIN9
MAX14
7 day
  • Sunday 10-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
    Monday 11-18°c Sunny. Mild. Sunny. Mild.
    Tuesday 13-14°c Mostly sunny. Cool. Mostly sunny. Cool.
    Wednesday 12-13°c a few showers. Afternoon clouds. Cool. a few showers. Afternoon clouds. Cool.
    Thursday 11-15°c Mostly sunny. Cool. Mostly sunny. Cool.
    Friday 10-16°c Sunny. Cool. Sunny. Cool.
More News

Zille re-elected Western Cape premier

2014-05-21 14:50

Cape Town - Helen Zille was re-elected Western Cape premier at the provincial legislature on Wednesday morning.

The Democratic Alliance leader received 27 votes, easily beating the 14 votes for provincial African National Congress leader Marius Fransman. One ballot was spoilt.

Zille, dressed in a turquoise dress and matching coat, introduced her new provincial cabinet to the media with a big smile after her re-election.

She said eight MECs were returning, two of whom were in new portfolios.

"It won't surprise you to know they are men," she quipped, referring to criticism aimed at her over gender representation.

Former transport MEC Robin Carlisle and agriculture MEC Gerrit van Rensburg would not return.

Zille paid tribute to them and said they had served terms of great distinction. She announced two additions to her team.

"At the same time, it is important to introduce fresh thinking and new ideas, so that we can continue to improve the ways we govern," she said.

Associate professor Nomafrench Mbombo would take up the cultural affairs and sport portfolio.

Debbie Schafer was put in charge of the education portfolio, replacing Donald Grant who moves to the transport portfolio.

"The education portfolio is of very special significance. Mr Fix-it [Grant] has gone elsewhere and I've asked Ms Debbie Schafer to take over."

Zille announced a new combined portfolio - that of agriculture, economic development, and tourism, which would be headed by Alan Winde.

She said economic development had been separated from finance because the first looked to an external process and the second to the internal finances of government.

The departments, however, would still remain separate.

"The two biggest backbones of our economy are agriculture and tourism."

Zille said she was trying to eradicate the outdated image of agriculture as an old farmer sitting on his stoep drinking coffee.

"We need to translate what is produced on farms into agro-processing."

The other MECs are:

- Theuns Botha (health);

- Anton Bredell (local government, environmental affairs, and developmental planning);

- Albert Fritz (social development);

- Donald Grant (transport and public works);

- Bonginkosi Madikizela (human settlements);

- Ivan Meyer (finance); and

- Dan Plato (community safety).

The MECs would be sworn in by Western Cape High Court Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso on Monday.



- Western Cape election results map


- SAPA
Read more on: da  |  helen zille  |  cape town  |  politics  |  elections 2014  |  local government

More In This Category
DA lays charges against Mti

The DA on Thursday opened three cases of fraud and two of corruption against former 2010 World Cup security chief and prisons boss Linda Mti.

How could you forget to pay? - NFP members ask

Sifiso Mkhwanazi’s hopes of becoming a ward councillor in Mtubatuba in this year’s elections have been dashed because the NFP missed the IEC’s payment deadline.

Give us houses, jobs - Eldorado Park residents to Zuma

Eldorado Park residents used President Jacob Zuma’s visit to the area on Thursday to express their frustrations and to ask him for help.

'Red tide' gathering strength across Cape Town - EFF

The Economic Freedom Fighters say the "red tide" in the Western Cape is gathering strength daily and they have a fighting chance of claiming some municipalities.

Comments
Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
72 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
News24 |   OLX  |  Property24  |  Careers24  |  Spree  |