Five new MECs for ECape

2010-11-27 22:30

Eastern Cape premier Noxolo Kiviet has five new MECs in her cabinet after reshuffling the provincial executive this week.

The new MECs are Mandla Makuphula, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, Tandiswa Marawu, Helen-Sauls August and Zoleka Langa-Chapha.

Makuphula is responsible for the education portfolio, Qoboshiyane, a former ANC Youth League provincial leader, is in charge of local government and traditional affairs while Marawu is the new public works, roads and transport MEC.

August has taken over the human settlements, safety and liaison department and Langa-Chapha is the new rural development and agrarian reform MEC.

Mbulelo Songoni, the former agriculture and rural development MEC and Mahlubandile Qwase, the ex-education MEC, resigned from the provincial cabinet as well as the provincial legislature.

Former transport MEC Gloria Barry and former housing MEC Nombulelo Mabandla were fired. The fifth MEC, former local government and traditional affairs MEC Sicelo Gqobana has been moved to the health department, which was previously run by Phumulo Masualle, the SACP national treasurer. Masualle is now the MEC for finance and planning.

Qoboshiyane, who is also the spokesperson of the ANC in the Eastern Cape, said the reshuffle was aimed at “better synergy of the organisation and its deployees”.

This will lead to better service delivery. This will assist to stop any impression of two centres of power,” Qoboshiyane said.

Kiviet’s reshuffle follows that of Thandi Modise, the North West premier who sacked six MECs days after she took over the reigns. This brings to four the number of provinces – the others being Gauteng and Mpumalanga – who have reshuffled their provincial executives.

A few weeks ago, President Jacob Zuma sacked six ministers and moved those he believed were not suitable for their portfolios to his office. Former communications minister Siphiwe Nyanda is now the president’s councillor in Parliament while Dina Pule, who served as Nyanda’s deputy, is now a deputy minister in the Presidency.

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