President Zuma announces re-shuffle with 10 new Cabinet Ministers
The president of South Africa appointed 10 new ministers and 10 deputy ministers following one of the largest prevalent changes of a cabinet since the beginning of the country’s democracy.
President Jacob Zuma has announced the re-shuffle of his cabinet of ministers, effective immediately.
The new appointments were confirmed in a statement from the Presidency issued after midnight on Friday.
In a public statement, Zuma announced that he has decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness and said that these changes will allow that for the country. “Younger MPs and women are included into the National Executive in order to benefit from their energy, experience and expertise,” he said.
Zuma’s cabinet re-shuffle follows two days of high drama as the president was close to being asked to step down.
Meet the ministers:
Finance Minister: Malusi Gigaba – Gigaba served as Home Affairs Minister since May 2014. He previously held the post of Public Enterprises Minister in 2010. He fills the shoes of current Financial Minister Pravin Gordhan and follows the steps of previous Minister Trevor Manuel.
Police Minister: Fikile Mbalula – Mbalula served as Sports Minister since May 2014. He was appointed Deputy Minister of police in May 2009.
Public Works: Nathi Nhleko – Nhleko served as the Minister of Police. He previously served chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration, chairperson of the ANC caucus, African National Congress chief whip, and member of the Judicial Service Commission.
Sports and Recreation: Thulas Nxesi – Nxesi served as the Minister of Public Works and previously served as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform. He assumed responsiblity of the portfolio in October 2014.
Public Service and Administration: Faith Muthambi – Muthambi served as Communications Minister. She was one of the seven ANC MPs nominated for the ad hoc committee to consider President Jacob Zuma’s submissions on former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report against him.
Tourism: Tokozile Xasa – Xasa served as Deputy Minister of Tourism. She was the first female mayor of a district municipality in the transitional period of local government in the Eastern Cape
Home Affairs: Hlengiwe Mkhize –Mkhize served as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services from 2014. She is a founder member and a trustee of the Children and Violence Trust since 1995 and she has been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005.
Energy Minister: Mmamoloko Kubayi – Kubayi served as a Regional Executive Member of the ANCYL in the Greater Johannesburg region. She subsequently became a Deputy Provincial Secretary of the ANCYL in Gauteng province. Kubayi previously held the position as Chairperson of the Telecommunications and Postal Services committee.
Transport Minister: Joe Maswanganyi – Maswanganyi is a member of Parliament and former MEC of Sports, Arts and Culture in Limpopo.
Communications: Ayanda Dlodlo – Dlodlo served as the Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration . She is a member of the ANC National Executive Committee and a Member of Parliament. Dlodlo also served as an Adviser to President Zuma from 2009 to 2010