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2019-05-30 13:16
Patricia de Lille.

Patricia de Lille.

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President Cyril Ramaphosa surprised the whole country when he named the leader of the recently-formed Good party, Patricia De Lille, as the minister Public Works and Infrastructure on Wednesday evening.

Ramaphosa kept to his word of slashing the “bloated” cabinet from 36 ministers to just 28 by combining departments like Sport with Arts and Culture, and Agriculture with Land Reform.

Some of the expected faces, like Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Fikile Mbalula and Senzo Mchunu made the cut.

Social media users had a field day when embattled former ministers like Bathabile Dlamini and Faith Muthambi were not appointed to the cabinet.

The ANC was heavily criticised by opposition parties when the pair appeared on its parliamentary lists despite allegations of corruption and maladministration they continued to face.

Ramaphosa reaffirmed his confidence in Pravin Gordan by renaming him as the minister of Public Enterprises despite the recent onslaught against him, not only from the EFF, but also from within the ANC after after a report by the Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, which found that he violated the Constitution when he approved the early pension payout for former SA Revenue Service senior official, Ivan Pillay, who was then rehired on a contract.

cabinet appointments

Pietermaritzburg’s Dr Zweli Mkhize, a medical doctor, will no longer have to deal with matters of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs as the position was given to Dlamini-Zuma, while he was sent to the Department of Health.

Another local, Blade Nzimande, was sent back to the Department of Higher Education after holding the transport portfolio since the 2017 cabinet reshuffle.

Tito Mboweni stays in the ministry of Finance, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula returns to Defence and Military Veterans, Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abraham to Communications, General Bheki Cele stays on as the minister of Police and Angie Motshekga will continue as the minister of Basic Education — a position she has held since 2009.

Some of the other new faces include Barbara Creecy, who comes in as the minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, while former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu was appointed as the minister for Public Service and Administration.

Lindiwe Sisulu will be responsible for one of the combined departments: Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation and Nathi Mthethwa will return to Arts and Culture but Sports has been added to his responsibilities.

The super ministry of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development, which has been given to Thoko Didiza, a former land affairs minister, is perhaps one of the critical portfolios under Ramaphosa’s administration as the question over land expropriation continues to hang over his head.

Naledi Pandor has been appointed Minister of International Relations and Co-operation.

Aaron Motsoaledi will be going to home affairs, Ronald Lamola to justice and correctional services, Thulas Nxesi to employment and labour while Gwede Mantashe has been reappointed to energy.

Ramaphosa said he took a number of considerations into account when he selected his cabinet.

Those include experience, continuity, competence as well generational mix and demographic mix.

He said all the ministers and their deputies would be signing performance agreements after today’s swearing in.

“Their performance, individually and collectively, will be closely monitored against specific outcomes … and where implementation is unsatisfactory, action will be taken.”

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