President Cyril Ramaphosa appoints Khumbudzo Ntshavheni to act in vacancy left by Jackson Mthembu

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Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has appointed as an acting minister.
Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has appointed as an acting minister.
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Minister of Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni has been appointed acting Minister in the Presidency, following the death of Jackson Mthembu.

In a statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that she would act "until further notice", while she continues to attend to her small business development portfolio.

READ | Government remembers 'man of the people' Jackson Mthembu at memorial service

The 43-year-old hails from Limpopo and was an ANC Youth League leader.

Mthembu died last week after experiencing Covid-19 complications.

There was speculation about whether the vacancy he left would prompt an extensive Cabinet reshuffle and a replacement of ministers that were perceived to be underperforming.

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