Cabinet moves: the highlights

2014-05-25 20:04

President Jacob Zuma’s executive, which was announced tonight, has grown.

Zuma announced a Cabinet with 35 ministers (20 men and 15 women) and 36 deputies (20 men and 16 women) in Pretoria. The president’s executive now consists of 71 members, where previously it was 66.

Highlights include:

» Finance: Nhlanhla Nene – formerly deputy minister, and first black African minister in this portfolio. Moving Pravin Gordhan from here is seen as a superficial concession to the left.

» Communications (new): Faith Muthambi

» Telecommunications and postal services (new): Siyabonga Cwele – moved from State Security

» Women: Susan Shabangu (Children and People with Disabilities fall away)

» Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Pravin Gordhan

» State Security: David Mahlobo – a former civil servant from Mpumalanga who serves on the ANC’s NEC and is said to be close to premier DD Mabuza

» Arts and Culture: Nathi Mthethwa. This is seen to be a demotion for the former police minister.

» Home Affairs: Malusi Gigaba – formerly from Public Enterprises. Gigaba has served as deputy minister of Home Affairs before.

» Science and Technology: Naledi Pandor. She was in this portfolio previously and she’s back despite doing a good job in Home Affairs.

» Police: Nathi Nhleko

» Small Business Development: Lindiwe Zulu. She was an advisor to the president previously.

» Presidency: Jeff Radebe. The new ministry merges the functions of planning and monitoring and evaluation, and also looks after youth.

» Mineral Resources: Ngoako Ramathlodi. He previously deputised as correctional services minister.

» Energy: Tina Joemat-Pettersson (moved from agriculture)

» Agriculture: Senzeni Zokwana – new in Parliament from the National Union of Mineworkers

» Tourism: Derek Hanekom (Marthinus van Schalkwyk loses his place in Cabinet)

» This story was updated after first published.

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