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05 Aug 2021

Cabinet reshuffle: Meet your new ministers of health, defence and in the presidency

President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a highly anticipated Cabinet reshuffle, appointed Mondli Gungubele as the minister in the presidency, Dr Mathume Joseph "Joe" Phaahla as health minister, and Thandi Modise as defence and military veterans minister. 

Enoch Godongwana was appointed the new finance minister after Tito Mboweni asked to be "excused". 

This was Ramaphosa's first Cabinet reshuffle. 

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05 Aug 2021

WRAP | Ramaphosa reshuffles his Cabinet

On Thursday evening, President Cyril Ramaphosa made changes to his Cabinet. 

The first of these were to separate the Ministry of Human Settlements from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation.

"At the beginning of this administration, we had brought these two portfolios together on the understanding that the provision of water is closely tied to the development of human settlements," Ramaphosa said.

However, he said the reality was that water was far a broader issue, impacting not only on human settlements, but also on agriculture, industry, mining and environmental management.

He said: "Water is our country’s most critical natural resource. Water security is fundamental to the lives and health of our people, to the stability of our society and to the growth and sustainability of our economy,

"We have therefore decided that water and sanitation should be a separate ministry, which will enable a dedicated focus on ensuring that all South Africans have access to a secure and sustainable supply of this precious resource." 

Ramaphosa said the second change they were making was to do away way with the Ministry of State Security and place political responsibility for the State Security Agency in the Presidency.

"This is to ensure that the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services more effectively enable the President to exercise his responsibility to safeguard the security and integrity of the nation," he said.

With respect to ministers, the president made the following new appointments:

The Presidency: Mr Mondli Gungubele
Communications and Digital Technologies: Ms Khumbudzo Ntshavheni
Defence and Military Veterans: Ms Thandi Modise
Finance: Mr Enoch Godongwana
Health: Mr Joe Phaahla
Human Settlements: Ms Mmamoloko Kubayi
Public Service and Administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo
Small Business Development: Ms Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Tourism: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
Water and Sanitation: Mr Senzo Mchunu

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be deployed to a new position.

- Pule Letshwiti-Jones
Read Ramaphosa's full speech here

05 Aug 2021

Comment | I have serious reservations with the State Security Agency reporting to the presidency. Without a doubt, the intelligence agency needs an overhaul and permanent, competent leaders, but the agency will still need political support and protection.

With Zizi Kodwa now effectively intelligence minister, as deputy minister in the presidency responsible for the SSA, the agency has been demoted in importance and stature. A country's intelligence agency cannot and should not be run from the presidency. The appointment of a strong, independent director-general for the SSA should be matter of priority.

- Adriaan Basson

05 Aug 2021

Comment | The biggest winner of the evening is undoubtedly Police Minister Bheki Cele, who is a key ally of President Ramaphosa in KwaZulu-Natal and has been extremely frustrated with his security cluster counterparts.

With Ayanda Dlodlo and Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula gone, Cele become to senior security cluster minister. This brings Cele a step closer to removing General Khehla Sitole as chief of police. Cele will have to convince Ramaphosa to act decisively in bringing stability, integrity and competence to the SAPS top structure. 

- Adriaan Basson

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Big takeaways for me: (1) new finance minister, (2) new minister of health, (3) dissolution of the state security ministry and (4) the dumping of the minister of defence (who has been living on borrowed time after the Zimbabwe jaunt with Ace Magashule and contradicting Ramaphosa).

Does this strengthen cabinet? On balance, and its early days, possibly. Godongwana isn't an unknown quantity, but the acting minister of health was doing a decent job. And at long last there's action at SSA. The ANC's replacement bench is  very thin, though.

- Pieter du Toit

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Ramaphosa has appointed Dr Sydney Mufumadi as his national security adviser. This is absolutely important. Especially now that there will be no minister of intelligence. Ramaphosa has long wanted to do away with the minister of intelligence and wanted the spy bosses to report directly to him.

He has finally gotten his way. His work is not down though. The State Security Agency needs a director-general and head of domestic intelligence. The head of foreign intelligence is also suspended.

– Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Comment | In terms of the security cluster, police minister Bheki Cele was untouched. Intelligence minister Ayanda Dlodlo was moved back to her old position as public service and administration minister. Defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is the only one who got the chop, but Ramaphosa qualified it saying she will be redeployed elsewhere.

– Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Ramaphosa rewarded a lot of his supporters in the ANC NEC and caucus with deputy minister positions. Pinky Kekana has been instrumental in his support in the ANC women’s league.

Phily Mapulane has been a vocal supporter of Ramaphosa too in battles related to the North West. Promoting Dr Sibongeseni Dhlomo from parliament to deputy minister is very interesting as well.

– Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Comment | The dissolution of the department of state security is a bombshell. It has been disfunctional for years, has been found to have become enmeshed and immersed in ANC factional politics in addition to being a source of money and cash for party apparatchiks and criminals. Centralising it in the presidency means the head of state will now take direct charge of the country's spies.

Zizi Kodwa has been retained as deputy minister in the presidency responsible for state security. It means he will be on a short leash. Kodwa however flies the colours of whomever runs the show. So he's not exactly principled.

- Pieter du Toit

05 Aug 2021

Comment | There are a few surprises in terms of changes to ministers. Mondli Gungubele is a known Ramaphosa ally so that was expected. Khumbudzo Ntshavehni replacing Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams at the communications department is a promotion for her. The redeployment of Ayanda Dlodlo from intelligence minister back to public service and administration is shocking. Many expected her to be removed entirely.

Lindiwe Sisulu has definitely been demoted, considering she was deployed to Tourism. Joe Phaahla as health minister is a sign of confidence in him. He has long been deputy minister of health.

– Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Sibongiseni Dhlomo, the new Deputy Health Minister, is the currently the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Health, whose ANC contingent has been very wary of interrogating the Digital Vibes matter. Dhlomo previously served as Health MEC in KwaZulu-Natal.

- Jan Gerber

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Enoch Godongwana as finance minister was widely expected. He has been running the economic development subcommittee of the ANC's NEC for a number of years. He is considered a pragmatist, who was opposed to the expropriation without compensation policy adopted by the ANC in 2017. But he is also very much an ANC insider, more disposed to current ANC economic thinking than any creative or fresh economic ideas.

- Pieter du Toit 

05 Aug 2021

Thandi Modise the new minister of Defence. This means a new speaker will have to be elected. The former Defence Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, briefed the Joint Standing Committee on Defence about and hour before the announcement. Ramaphosa says she'll be deployed elsewhere.

- Jan Gerber

05 Aug 2021

BREAKING | New ministers are as follows

Minister in the Presidency- Mondli Gungubele
Minister of Communications and digital tech- Khumbudzo Ntshavehni
Minister of Defence- Thandi Modise
Minister of Finance- Enoch Godongwana
Minister of Health- Joe Phaala
Minister of Human Settlements- Mmamoloko Kubayi
Minister of Public Service and administration- Ayanda Dlodlo
Minister of Small business- Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
Minister of Tourism Lindiwe Sisiulu
Minister of Water and Sanitation- Senzo Mchunu

05 Aug 2021

Comment | BOOM! Gone is the ministry of state security! Now resorting under the presidency! That is interesting, but could also be hugely problematic!

- Pieter du Toit

05 Aug 2021

Comment | For years, Tito Mboweni asked to be removed from cabinet. There were rumours for months that he wanted to leave as finance minister. Now Ramaphosa confirms that Mboweni has long asked to go. Ramaphosa constantly asked him to stay on as he tried in earnest to find a suitable replacement. It seems like Ramaphosa has found himself a new FinMin.

-Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Yes Qaanitah, that was notable. It doesn't augur well of what's to come.

- Pieter du Toit

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Tito Mboweni is gone as finance minister. But ever since his first efforts at trying to steamline the national finances, and attempting to change the old and caged ANC thinking on state-owned enterprises, he was fighting a losing battle. His head was probably in the game for six to 12 months. But he was rapped over the knuckles very quickly and lost interest. He's been over it for a while, and his will be a loss.

- Pieter du Toit

05 Aug 2021

Comment | Ramaphosa confirms that Zweli Mkhize asked to step down. Shockingly, Ramaphosa said he was grateful to Mkhize and for the work he has done in managing the pandemic. He makes no mention to a damning report implicating Mkhize in corruption. This seems like an attempt to sanitise the reality.

– Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Ramaphosa says he is grateful for Zweli Mkhize's service to the country and his leadership during  the pandemic.

- Jan Gerber

05 Aug 2021

President Cyril Ramaphosa begins his announcement on changes to his executive.

- Qaanitah Hunter

05 Aug 2021

Ramaphosa has begun his address

05 Aug 2021

This just in: Ramaphosa's address has been postponed to 21:00

05 Aug 2021

As it stands, Ramaphosa's Cabinet is as follows:


President Cyril Ramaphosa  

Deputy President David Mabuza  

Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Vacant  

Women, Youth and Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane  

Agriculture and Land Reform Thoko Didiza  

Basic Education Angie Motshekga  

Communication Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams  

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma  

Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula  

Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Barbara Creecy  

Labour and Employment Thulas Nxesi  

Finance Tito Mboweni  

Health Zweli Mkhize  

Higher Education Blade Nzimande  

Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi  

Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Lindiwe Sisulu  

International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor  

Justice and Correctional Services Ronald Lamola  

Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe  

Police Bheki Cele  

Public Enterprises Pravin Gordhan  

Public Service and Administration Senzo Mchunu  

Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia de Lille  

Small Business Development Khumbudzo Ntshavheni  

Social Development Lindiwe Zulu  

Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa  

State Security Ayanda Dlodlo  

Tourism Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane  

Trade, Industry and Competition Ebrahim Patel  

Transport Fikile Mbalula

05 Aug 2021

JUST IN | Rumours about new Finance Minister as Mboweni looks set to go

Fin24 reports that Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will almost certainly be a casualty in Ramaphosa's reshuffle. 

Fin24 understands from sources close to the Cabinet reshuffle that the ANC's alliance partners, Cosatu and the SACP, were adamant that Mboweni had to go.

Mboweni’s political capital has all but been expended, as his hard line on keeping government spending in check - as the state's debt burden ballooned - made enemies across the board. It has been an open secret in Treasury that officials had grown increasingly frustrated with Mboweni, who they viewed as aloof, on his own mission and even dismissive.
Here's who could replace Mboweni

05 Aug 2021

Ramaphosa to make an announcement on the national executive

President Cyril Ramaphosa will make an announcement on changes to the national executive at 20:30.

This comes after Ramaphosa reportedly met with members of the ANC and alliance leaders on Thursday evening. 

Ramaphosa will make changes for the first time since he appointed his executive in 2019. 

There has been speculation about a Cabinet reshuffle, amid a perceived poor effort from the government in dealing with unrest that left Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal battered and bruised. 

There has also been allegations of corruption over Covid-19 tenders, with Health Minister Zweli Mkhize placed on special leave for an apparent role in a multimillion-rand tender for Covid-19 communications and public relations.

Earlier today, however, Mkhize tendered his resignation. 

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