DA announces new 'shadow cabinet'

2012-02-01 15:42

Cape Town - Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko on Wednesday introduced her new "shadow cabinet" to the media.

"This is an entirely new shadow cabinet designed to help the DA achieve its objectives in Parliament," she told reporters.

The starting point was to ensure that the new shadow cabinet was suitably diverse.

"This is important because the positions we take in Parliament need to be informed by a wide range of perspectives," she said.

"I also wanted to ensure that there was an appropriate 'generational mix'. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that the experience of veterans, mixed with the energy of youth, makes a formidable combination."

Mazibuko said the DA's shadow cabinet mirrored the existing Cabinet clusters.

"It will be their responsibility to speak on behalf of the millions of South Africans who lack access to work opportunities, and to advance the DA's vision for a growing and prosperous South Africa."

The Shadow Ministers are:
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries – Annette Steyn
Appropriations – Marius Swart
Communications – Marian Shinn
Economic Development – Haniff Hoosen
Energy – Lance Greyling
Finance – Tim Harris
Labour – Sej Motau
Mineral Resources – James Lorimer
Public Enterprises – Natasha Michael
Public Works – Anchen Dreyer
Rural Development & Land Reform – Athol Trollip
Science & Technology – Dr Junita Kloppers-Lourens
Tourism – Stuart Farrow
Trade & Industry – Dr Wilmot James
Transport – Ian Ollis
Water & Environmental Affairs – Gareth Morgan
Co-operative Governance & Traditional Affairs – John Steenhuisen
Public Service & Administration – Kobus Marais
Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) – Dr Dion George
Women, Children & People with Disabilities – Helen Lamoela
Correctional Services – James Selfe
Defence and Military Veterans – David Maynier
Home Affairs – Manny De Freitas
International Relations & Co-operation – Ian Davidson
Justice and Constitutional Development – Dene Smuts
Police – Dianne Kohler Barnard
State Security – Lennit Max
Arts & Culture – Niekie van den Berg
Basic Education – Annette Lovemore
Health – Patricia Kopane
Higher Education & Training – Dr Annelie Lotriet
Human Settlements – Stevens Mokgalapa
Social Development – Mike Waters
Sports & Recreation – Winston Rabotapi
Presidency - Joe McGluwa.

  • procold2 - 2012-02-01 15:53

    at least trying to plan ahead

      Willie - 2012-02-01 16:32

      @ lana.vdwesthuizen -- well said, and i do not understand why put race in everything. @ Wimpie.Haefele --good point @ Truthis -- correct @ Perfume -- brilliant comment

      Thabo - 2012-02-01 16:35

      The 5 lonely ghosts that stood up from the Apartheid grave.

  • Barbara - 2012-02-01 15:56

    For a party that wants to be representative of the people, hell of a lot of pale-faces in the line up.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-01 16:00 do realise that having a "white name" does not mean that your face is actually white? Your name is pretty "pale-face"

      Truthis - 2012-02-01 16:01

      What has race got to do with anything? Unless of course you are racist...

      Wimpie.Haefele - 2012-02-01 16:14

      The people are there on merit and not on skin colour, thought any person with even a hint of intelligence will appreciate that.

      Thabo - 2012-02-01 16:15

      The DASO poster and this list in one week and they hope to ever gain more black voters? HaHaHa

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-01 16:54

      Just thinking of the lady that got caught for drug smuggling in China...Sjoe, Barbara, you don't get out much do you?

      lindz.kok - 2012-02-01 19:22

      wow that is a slap in the face to our coloured comunity... ps. the majority of the countries colourds live in cape town...

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-01 20:46

      Ag Thabo be so Taboe...she had a PURE white name remember? Ohhh how selective is our memory.

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 16:03

    from the pictures I see. this cabinet looks 95 percent white... I wonder how Lennit Max made the list. typical...

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-01 16:11

      How do you know, and seeing that race has been brought into the equation, Coloureds have white surnames as well, just stating lol

      TSR01 - 2012-02-01 17:58

      Stan, you are a racist and an idiot.

      ubhejane - 2012-02-01 18:06

      Oh Please TSR01, is this all you can come up with on an article about Helen Zille's racist shadow government? Can you really tell me she isn't an outright racist?????

      TSR01 - 2012-02-01 18:09

      Yes, ubhejane, I can tell you precisely that. Doesn't mean you'll believe me, because you're lost in your racist mentality. Did you know that less intelligent individuals are more likely to be racists? Guess that speaks volumes for the less educated portion of the population, which, yep, is the majority. Big surprise there (no not really). But surely you didn't just comment on my comment to comment about your opinions needing someone else's validation, because you feel so insecure about the rubbish your spouting? In short, go live in a hole, troll.

      TSR01 - 2012-02-01 18:29

      Racists first, "Mabuza", I insist, you go live in that hole, you deserve it. I'll work hard and build myself a proper house with proper sanitation, electricity generated with solar panels, deep cycle batteries, and a power inverter, and a borehole water pump with integrated filter, not to mention a rainwater trap tank supplied by Nel Tanks - yes sirree, hard work sure pays off... not that I expect you to know anything about that. :)

      Al - 2012-02-04 14:29

      @Stan, I think you need to go back to school and ask for your money back. 8 of the 35 are people of colour. Yes I know not yet majority, but I think DA is at least working on that. Never the less my calculation is +/- 23% not 5% as you mentioned

  • looneylani - 2012-02-01 16:06

    Why the heck does everyone always have to bring in racist comments... Just let the feckin people do their jobs and shut up! Unless you'd like a chair up in there... if so, get to it - all eyes on you!

  • Phumi - 2012-02-01 16:10

    Thanks to the dictatorship of Hellen Zille who purges her political opponents like Mr. Anthol Trollip. Here is a sober man who talks the language of the people with vast experiance in government being sent to political wilderness! What a digrace we are witnessing from a party that claim to be democratic! Oh! How i wish we can bring back floo-crossing I am sure Mr. Trollip would gladly come and join the ANC where his skills would be used to the advancement of the movement!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 19:58

      You always make sense Phumi, you will not qualify to be in the DA

      Tokollo - 2012-02-02 08:37

      This is just another way for a party that is out of power to introduce its members to a good life in Parliament.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-02 08:48

      " I am sure Mr. Trollip would gladly come and join the ANC where his skills would be used to the advancement of the movement!" I notice that you say "to the advancement of the movement" and not COUNTRY. I am really dissapointed, one would think that after nearly 20 years, people's mentallity changed a bit and that they would actually strive for a better life for their children and generations afterward. If I read statements like this, I think...WHY THE HELL BOTHER? Really, would people like you be happy if all non-blacks just died or disappeared? You know that MOST of us where born in this country and that all non-blacks up to the age of 40 today did not even have voting rights then? Do you realise that my child sits in class with non-white children? Must I start treating his little friend differently because he is not white? You sure treat me differently because I am white! I am sad, really sad to read statements like this, at this rate we are going absolutely nowhere and that is not even slowly!

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-02 08:55

      Ohhh poooopsss..... your "movement' does not just exclude non-blacks, but also "non ANC" non-whites..... See...bloody sad state this place is. This does not boil down to colour anymore - this boils down to "either you are ANC or you are OUT!" What movement so by the way? Where are you moving to? As far as I know in a democratic society we talk of parties - movements mostly imply a more "aggresive" group of people.

  • Siza - 2012-02-01 16:17

    Transformation is't just about race, rather, to be sure, skin pigmentation. One of the most important transformationary issues, with particular attention to Ms Mazibuko is the issue of Previously Disadvantaged Individuals, to include, most prominently the group refered to as WOMEN. Ms Mazibuko, this begs the question: which interests will you be focusing on forwarding in you position as Parliamentary leader. And those objectives should be seen to be what you want to achieve with your actions.

  • Stan - 2012-02-01 16:17

    Athol Trollip... from parliamentary leader to SHADOW minister of Rural Development & Land Reform nogal... life can be something!

  • Phill - 2012-02-01 16:23

    Excellent work dear. With this team i can assure you that the African National Corruption is shivering. Corruptions is in danger of extinction, something the said party is not happy with. I hope This will make Lekota wake up and reconcile with Shilowa so the voice of the opposition desk could be strenghned. Viva DA

  • nxumaloj - 2012-02-01 16:27

    This list of DA's shadow ministers represent totally opposite of our Country (South Africa), shows DA is a party to serve interest of whites, wonder what ran in Mazibuko's head before proudly announcing these names??

      Thabo - 2012-02-01 16:33

      They are just showing their true colour. Why do you think the ANC rules? The DA is stuck in the past they didn't even notice 1994 came by.

  • ISO - 2012-02-01 16:42

    Lindiwe Mazibuko for president!

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 20:01

      Kwaaaaaaaaakwaaaaa, lol. Are you sane?

  • Mphotent - 2012-02-01 16:43

    This so called "shadow cabinet" lacks equity, in my view Lindiwe is just a lace curtain designed to shadow interest of white minority. NOT IN THIS WORLD! Good luck

      moziz - 2012-02-01 16:56

      Whats the point here? Are we shaddow or what?

  • Derek - 2012-02-01 17:16

    The DA has never claimed to represent the demographics of South Africa. They claim to represent the people by doing a good job with competant MP's that don't drive flashy cars and drink Blue Label that was paid for by the tax payer. Everyone always brings up how the DA doesn't have enough non-whites in it etc. But let's look at the ANC. How many white MP's do they have in parliament? Considering that whites make up roughly 10% of the population, do we see 10% of ANC MP's are white? Of course not. Why? Because when you're teh majority then you can do whatever you like, and screw anyone who says otherwise. Unlike the ANC who elect leaders based on relationships and business deals, the DA will elect it's leaders on merit. Whether they're black, white or martian. And before anyone accuses me of suggesting that there aren't any blacks who deserve to be there, I would say thay they're out there, but they're clever enough to stay away. Every university-educated black I've spoken to about politics will sit and moan about the ANC etc, but they refuse to vote. They don't want anything to do with it. If we could just get them into the DA, then we'd see real changes.

      TSR01 - 2012-02-01 18:03

      ubhejane, you are a racist and an idiot.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 19:42

      Welcome back Ubhejane, why the change of heart not?

      ubhejane - 2012-02-02 02:54

      @paulmandlankosi I sent you a Facebook message.

  • DraganTrenk - 2012-02-01 17:46

    @THABO Are you born this screwed up,or taxi drove over your head?

      DraganTrenk - 2012-02-01 21:39

      @THABO That is my picture. I am still more handsome than you,Thabo.Ask the Audience.

  • braamc - 2012-02-01 17:51

    That is right, succession planning, direction, skill, work, something the ANC thieves know nothing off. Well done DA

      Thabo - 2012-02-01 18:54

      Will you still live long enough to see this play play government come into power? Enjoy the fantasy old man.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 19:44

      Fantising now Braam Coetzee, go help tannie in die kombuis now

  • emile.marais - 2012-02-01 18:06

    Mmm, looking at the names I have to be realistic and ask, why isn't the names representative? No, seriously DA? Race will be an issue as long as we make race an issue, but representation of a country's population is a step in the right direction to having everyone's interest represented. Why is logic always thrown out of the window?

      ubhejane - 2012-02-01 18:14

      I agree Emile. Sadly this proves Helen Zille can't move herself forward either. I really had high hopes for the DA. But in the final analysis we will always be just what we are. Black and white.

      Thabo - 2012-02-01 18:46

      One must love white people. This white dude said the same thing as the black dude. The white one gets the thumbs up and the black one gets the thumbs down. Then these whites want to come and tell us we are the racists.

      paulmandlankosi - 2012-02-01 19:46

      Thabo, please do not be offended most of them are very ignorant, actually know nothing except ANC gevaar. And arrogant too

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-01 21:01

      "having everyone's interest represented" I can argue that point to the end of time. Not all white people have all of the white people's interest at heart and not all black people have all of the black people's interests at heart. You know, I will vote (and have previously when living in a different province) for a black member because he has integrity and his life actually reflects his belief. I know of white groups that will take our vote with a smile, but we will NEVER be represented by them because of our religion or the way we CHOOSE to live. Now, I am not interested in that type of underhanded way of obtaining votes, sounds to much like what we already have. Once you actually can look past colour, you will notice that there is a whole wide world of oppertunity for you to be the best you can be and that some people actually do strive to make things better for EVERYBODY. Can we really afford to be stuck on "how many whites/coloureds/blacks" have seats when ALL of like minded people are represented? I like to see people and not colour, I would love to see our education and health services improve a WHOLE lot more. If " " can make this country great and actually can stand infront of millions and say "I lead by example" and not by "colour" then he/she has my vote. Integrity is high on my list, if one does not have integrity, you have nothing.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-02 01:00

      Snap ! Lana.

  • Markus - 2012-02-01 21:31

    OK, you bunch of idiots, get one thing straight: You think Lindiwe could just pick any random person she wanted? Newsflash, she is limited in her choice to people That were ELECTED to parliament in 2009. That is what she has to work with. An MP is a senior position, normally not given to recent recuits. DA was historically white because apartheid (that they fougth against) forbid multi-ethnical memberships and most of it's growing black membership today are 30 or younger. Once they come of age, you will see a completely different DA cacaus. Most DA youth leaders are black. But what will whiny racially obsessed ANC folks complain about then?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-01 23:06

    This is probably the most depressing forum I read fairly regularly. Something I just cannot understand: When the word "representative " comes up in a discussion,it is as if most commentators' eyes glaze over, the faces become expressionless and a recorded program takes over... Black/White... Just try this : Leave the race issue totally out of the equation and ask yourself the question : "Who am I?" Try to define yourself along lines other than race... Geographic Economic sector Living standard/quality of life Level of education Guiding values Attitude Future vision Then try to find an individual or an organisation who best represents you. These areas so much better describe who we are,what our needs and aspirations are and who should represent us within a democratic system. Political parties will always seek to divide us. The easiest way is along the colour/ethnic line. Politicians are in the game for the money. They drag us down to the level where basic negative emotions thrive. Where hate , greed and suspicion take over and we become willing to destroy anyone that does not look like us. This is so primitive. This is a crime against our nation. Are we a nation? We will reach a point where there are no more white people left in this land, and statisticians will say: "100% of South Africans living in poverty are black". What will we have achieved with this colour thing? Don't allow politicians to rape your mind.

      lana.vdwesthuizen - 2012-02-02 08:23

      Well said!

  • Willie - 2012-03-10 19:45

    I support the view of Martin Luther King Jr when he said, "I have a dream that men and woman will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by their moral character and the contribution they make to society, I have a dream..." As long as South Africans continue to judge people by the colour of their skin and not the qualities that matter, we will not become a leading nation. I have a dream that one day we the people of South Africa will not judge each other by the colour of our skins but by the contribution we can make to make South Africa great, I have a dream"

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