New ministers

2013-07-11 00:00

Tag: The new ministers

Yunus Carrim

Portfolio: Minister of


Province: KwaZulu-Natal

CV: Former journalist and

academic (sociology);

fiery member of the SACP; and

former deputy minister of

Co-operative Governance

Why in this post: Carrim is a very hard-working and extremely knowledgeable worker who does not tolerate corruption — traits this portfolio urgently needs.

Biggest challenges according to DA spokesperson Marian Shinn: To urgently finalise broadband so we can improve Internet speed and compete internationally, especially as regards trade.

John Jeffery

Portfolio: Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Province: Free State.

CV: He cut his political teeth in the freedom struggle, among others as member of a Durban civic organisation;

MEC for local government in the Free State 1999-2004;

MP since 2004; and Deputy minister of Rural Development and Land Reform since


Why in this post? Tsenoli proved himself as a level- headed expert while chairing the many challenges handled by the parliamentary portfolio committee on local government from 2004 to 2009.

Biggest challenges according to the DA spokesperson, John Steenhuisen: Tsenoli is definitely an improvement to his predecessor. His main challenge is to enable local municipalities to deliver better services by promulgating a wad of expected regulations as soon as possible. The dismissal of underperforming municipal managers is especially necessary.

Lechesa Tsenoli

Portfolio: Deputy minister of Science and Technology

Province: Gauteng

CV: Ll.B. (Wits);

Advocate since 1995; andMP since 1999.

Why in this post: One of the most knowledgeable ANC MPs on both the justice system as well as the rules of Parliament.

Biggest challenges according to the DA Science and Technology spokesperson, Dr Junita Kloppers-Lourens: A quality appointment in a relatively well-functioning department. We are glad this vacant post is filled. There is not enough focus on the information-economy and innovation. The development of human capital by providing more innovative support for post-graduate studies is vital.

Mike Masutha

Portfolio: Minister of Human Settlements

Province: Western Cape

CV: Started as a union activist in the textile sector and has been an MP since 1999; a former member of the portfolio committee on trade and industry.

Why in this post: To pacify

Cosatu while getting rid of Tokyo Sexwale.

Biggest challenges according to the DA’s spokesperson, Stevens Mokgalapa: To remove the backlog in sanitary services, stop underspending by the provinces and halt corruption in state housing.

Connie September

Portfolio: Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform.

Province: Eastern Cape.

CV: Started as a health and community activist; was King William’s Town

MP since 2002; and is the ANC caucus’s disciplinary whip.

Why in this post: Steve Tshwete’s widow is a loyal ANC party member and a fiery speaker. Discipline in the ANC caucus must be improved and a new disciplinary whip may help.

Biggest challenges according to the DA spokesperson Kevin Mileham: To wipe out the backlog in land reform, to get the department to function

effectively, fill vacant posts and stop mismanagement.

Pam Tshwete

Portfolio: Deputy minister of Justice and Constitutional


Province: KwaZulu-Natal

CV: He left deep tracks as legal representative for the ANC in the armed struggle against Inkatha; he has been a member of the portfolio committee on justice for many years; and he was parliamentary adviser for, among others, President Jacob Zuma.

Why in this post: Jeffery has over the years proven himself as the ANC’s iron fist in a velvet glove. He has both the ability and legal knowledge to apply his constitutional instinct relentlessly to the advantage of the ANC.

Biggest challenges according to the DA spokesperson Dene Smuts: To weed out corruption and abuse among the department’s own personnel and to make the integration of

electronic information systems for the criminal justice system a reality. Jeffery also does not tolerate corruption or

incompetence, and will act against these cancers in the


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