Major shake-up for North West cabinet

2012-05-03 20:27

North West Premier Thandi Modise has given her provincial government a major shake-up by removing three MECs from their positions.

Sport MEC Patrick Chauke, MEC for public works, roads and transport Mahlakeng Mahlakeng and MEC for agriculture and rural development Boitumelo Tshwene all lost their positions as provincial ministers this evening.

The new MECs are former speaker of the legislature Nono Maloyi, who takes over the human settlements, public safety and liaison portfolio, ANC deputy provincial chairperson China Dodovu (local government and traditional affairs) as well as Motlalepule Rosho, a former deputy speaker of the provincial legislature who is now MEC for economic development, environment, conservation and tourism.

Modise made a number of other changes:
» Raymond Elisha was moved from education to public works, roads and transport;
» Louisa Mabe from finance to education;
» Desbo Mohono from human settlements to agriculture and rural development;
» Paul Sebegoe from local government and traditional affairs to finance; and
» Tebogo Modise from economic development to sport, arts and culture.

Only Health MEC Magome Masike and MEC for social development, women, children and people with disabilities Mosetsanagape Mokomele-Mothibi retained their positions.

The position of deputy speaker of the legislature has been left vacant by Rosho’s appointment as an MEC.

Modise, who is also deputy secretary-general of the ANC, explained the reshuffle by saying: “We had earlier assured communities that whatever new changes we made within the executive council strengthening good governance to accelerate service delivery, sustaining stability and uprooting corruption will be of paramount importance.”

She added: “We value the contribution that the overwhelming majority of public servants in our administration and even local government level are making towards accelerating service delivery and know that with their support the few who cannot function beyond enriching themselves will be uprooted.”

Modise said the three sacked MECs gained “invaluable” experience in government jobs they’re vacating. “We trust that as disciplined cadres they will avail themselves to serve in other capacities should the need arise.”

New MECs would have no time to celebrate, said Modise.

“The pace of delivery needs to be redoubled as we shed our image of disunity and corruption and reposition ourselves to transforming the socio-economic and political landscape of the province.”

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