Cyril Ramaphosa’s new cabinet: A balancing game with key victories

Ujuh Reporter

A newish government executive has effectively taken over South Africa after the fall of Jacob Zuma and the rise of Cyril Ramaphosa who has now appointed a new deputy president, David Mabuza, and many new faces in government.

After a week in power, Ramaphosa reshuffled the cabinet in what communicates a balancing game due to split of power in the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

While reflecting a balancing game, Ramaphosa seems to have had his way in the economic cluster where he returned ministers who were unceremoniously fired by Zuma. He has key allies in the ministry of finance and public enterprises in form of Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Giordhan.  This means that he can halt the state capture project which was underway under Zuma. And the appointment of Gwede Mantashe as the minister of mineral resources is probably the most interesting developments in this reshuffle.

Mabuza is a controversial choice for deputy president. But Ramaphosa had no choice because Mabuza played a critical role in his election as ANC president where Mabuza emerged as his deputy.

Ramaphosa said “I have decided to make certain changes in the composition of the National Executive. These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address.”

In making these changes, added Ramaphosa, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation. As indicated in the State of the Nation Address, we have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments.

He announced the following changes:

–            Communications: Ms Nomvula Mokonyane

–            Energy: Mr Jeff Radebe

–            Higher Education and Training: Ms Naledi Pandor

–            Home Affairs: Mr Malusi Gigaba

–            Human Settlements: Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo

–            International Relations and Cooperation: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu

–            Mineral Resources: Mr Gwede Mantashe

–            Police: Mr Bheki Cele

–            Public Enterprises: Mr Pravin Gordhan

–            Public Service and Administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo

–            Public Works: Mr Thulas Nxesi

–            Rural Development and Land Reform: Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

–            Science and Technology: Ms Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane

–            Social Development: Ms Susan Shabangu

–            Sport and Recreation: Ms Tokozile Xasa

–            State Security: Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

–            The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

–            The Presidency: Women: Ms Bathabile Dlamini

–            Tourism: Mr Derek Hanekom

–            Transport: Dr Blade Nzimande

–            Water and Sanitation: Mr Gugile Nkwinti

With respect to Deputy Ministers, I have made the following changes:

–            Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Mr Sfiso Buthelezi

–            Communications: Ms Pinky Kekana

–            Finance: Mr Mondli Gungubele

–            Public Service and Administration: Dr Chana Pilane-Majeke

–            Small Business Development: Mr Cassel Mathale

The positions of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will remain vacant.

Pending the completion of their swearing-in as Members of the National Assembly, I intend to further appoint:

–            Mr David Mabuza as the Deputy President of the Republic

–            Dr Zweli Mkhize as Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

–            Mr Nhlanhla Nene as Minister of Finance

–            Ms Reginah Mhaule as Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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