Gauteng premier reshuffles cabinet

2010-11-02 14:51

 Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokanyane has followed President Jacob Zuma’s lead by reshuffling the Gauteng provincial cabinet.

The Gauteng government, which Mokonyane had to reshuffle at the insistence of the ruling party in the province, now has four new MECs.

Like Zuma, who appointed former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leaders Malusi Gigaba and Fikile Mbalula in his cabinet to achieve what has now become known as the “generational mix”, Mokonyane elevated Gauteng youth league chair Lebogang Maile from just being a member of the provincial legislature to sports and culture MEC.

Ishmael Vadi, the chair of Parliament’s portfolio committee on communications, is the new roads and transport MEC.

Former Ekurhuleni mayor Ntombi Mekgwe and Humphrey Mmemezi, the former municipal manager of the Mogale City muunicipality, have been appointed health and local government, respectively.

“As you know the African National Congress, the ruling party in the province and South Africa, can make a determination to change the provincial cabinet and deploy its members where the need has been identified,” Mokanyane said.

She said she was no lame duck premier and that the ANC never imposed anything on its members.

It is understood that Mokonyane had no choice but to accede to the orders of the ANC provincial executive committee following a review by the party of her cabinet’s performance since last year.

Those who got the chop are Khabisi Mosunkutu (community safety), Nelisiwe Moerane (sports, recreation, arts and culture), Firoz Cachalia (economic development) and Kgaogelo Lekgoro (local government and housing).

Mosunkutu and Moerane will rejoin the legislature as MPLs. Cachalia heads up the planning commission in Mokonyane’s office while Lekgoro becomes political adviser to Mokonyane.

Qedani Mahlangu, formerly responsible for health and social development, has been moved to economic development.

Nonhlanhla Mazibuko replaces Cachalia. Former roads and transport MEC Bheki Nkosi takes over Mazibuko’s former portfolio, infrastructure development.

MECs who have retained their positions are Mandla Nkomfe (finance), Barbara Creecy (education) and Nandi Mayathula-Khoza (agriculture and rural development).

“I share the sentiment that while change can be seen as a negative thing by some, often change allows us to reinvigorate ourselves and relook at the way we have been doing our work, especially in areas where we are lagging,” said Mokonyane.

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