President Jacob Zuma announced new members of the national executive on Sunday, which begins the leadership of the fourth administration.
“To improve implementation and ensure impact, we have reconfigured some departments while others have been expanded to improve capacity,” Zuma said in a statement.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement as deputy president came as expected, but Zuma’s move to shift former minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan, as minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs was unforeseen.
Nhlanhla Nene has since been appointed as the new minister of Finance, and was previously Gordhan’s deputy minister of finance for the past five years.
Unchanged positions in cabinet included Rob Davies as the minister of Trade and Industry, and Angie Motshekga as the minister of Basic Education. Aaron Motsoaledi also retained his portfolio as the minister of Health.
Malusi Gigaba, who was formerly the minister of Public Enterprises, was appointed as the minister of Home Affairs.
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Zuma also announced the establishment of a ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services, which aims to channel more value from the information communications and technology industry in conjunction to the postal services sector.
“Our country has a fast growing telecommunications sector which in 2012 was estimated at being worth 180 billion rand. We also see a great developmental value in the Post Office given its role of delivering financial services to remote areas of our country,” Zuma explained.
A new Communications ministry was also established, which will include key bodies such as the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and Brand South Africa.
Minister of Energy, Tina Joemat-Peterssen, and deputy minister of Energy Thembi Majola, assume positions that are particularly crucial to South Africa’s future of stable electricity supply.
Over the years, South Africa’s electricity supply has been strained and resulted in planned power outages.
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Similarly, the minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramathlodi and minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant will be at the centre of South Africa’s economic development following long-standing labour unrest in the mining sector.