Young Mahasa is new face in cabinet

2016-10-05 06:00
LIMAKATSO MAHASA Photo: Mlungisi Louw

LIMAKATSO MAHASA Photo: Mlungisi Louw

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THE Free State Premier Elias Ace Magashule has appointed Limakatso Mahasa as the new MEC for Social Development, replacing Sisi Ntombela, who is taking over at the Department of Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements (Cogta).

Mahasa is the only new face in the cabinet, while others have been shuffled around.

Magashule announced appointments on Monday evening (03/10).

This followed Olly Mlamleli’s appointment as mayor of the Mangaung Metro Municipality following the local government elections on 3 August.

The reshuffling saw Benny Malakoane take over the Department of Economic Development, Tourism, and Environmental Affairs and Small Business (Destea) and Butana Komphela take over the troubled Department of Health.

Sam Mashinini, who was MEC for Destea, is taking over the Department of Police, Roads and Transport, the portfolio previously held by Komphela.

Magashule said he had consulted the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), the ANC Youth League, the ANC Women’s League and the national leadership intensely concerning the restructuring. He said Cogta was a tough department to run, but said Ntombela has the capacity, considering the sterling work done at the Department of Social Development.

Magashule explained that Mahasa’s appointment anchors the party’s policies, which advocate for placing youth and women in key positions.

Speaking on his move, Malakoane said this being his second stint will give him an opportunity to finish some of the projects he had initiated in 2004.

Komphela urged Mashinini to keep crime statistics down and destroy gangsterism in communities.

Highlighting some of the projects run by Destea, Mashinini has urged Malakoane to continue supporting Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs), marketing Free State tourism and dealing with issues of climate change.

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