President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the new cabinet to lead South Africa, reducing the amount of ministries from 36 to 28, and combining the similar mandates of several departments.
This restructuring will see the entire cabinet reduced from 72 people to 64, which will include the 28 ministers, 34 deputy ministers, Deputy President David Mabuza (whom the Rand hasn’t taken a liking to at all, by the way), and President Ramaphosa himself.
All those implicated in state capture are out, and Ramaphosa has not only brought in a member of an opposition party, Patricia de Lille, but has also added a couple of promising fresh faces and held on to some crucial ones.
On the appointments, Ramaphosa stated that the members of the cabinet have to realise that the expectations of the South African people had never been greater, and that they shoulder a great responsibility.
The cabinet is still quite bloated, when compared to countries of similar size and economy, but it will take a few years to implement all the necessary changes. Ramaphosa himself has called this the beginning of a journey to the ideal ‘blueprint’ cabinet.
Let’s take a look.
Ramaphosa has said that in appointing his new national executive, he took a number of considerations into account. These included experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity.
South Africa faces a number of huge problems, including staggering rates of crime and unemployment, corruption, poverty, poor education and healthcare and an economy that’s about as stable as a bottle of nitro-glycerine.
The hopes are, of course, that the new cabinet will be able to turn the tide. Before we get to who all the ministers are, there are a number of important changes to take note of. This includes all the departments that have been combined:
• The department of trade industry and department of economic development;
• The department of higher education and the department of science and technology;
• The department of environmental affairs and the department of forestry and fisheries;
• The department of agriculture and the department of rural development and land reform;
• The department of mineral resources and the department of energy;
• The department human settlements and department of water and sanitation;
• The department of sports and the department of arts and culture.
You may remember, back when Ramaphosa was first elected president in February of 2018, that changes to the cabinet arrived thick and fast, removing many of Zuma’s corrupt and ineffective ministers.
Unfortunately, due to the internal politics of the ANC, many controversial members of the cabinet remained, including Malusi Gigaba, Nomvula Mokonyane and Bathabile Dlamini.
With the new cabinet, they’re all gone, and hopefully, they’ve taken the looting, the maladministration, the sleeping in parliament and the granting of citizenship to the Guptas with them.
For the first time in the history of South Africa, half of all ministers are women. There is now also a significant amount of young people, creating a pipeline of leaders to take South Africa further into the future.
Newcomers to the cabinet include Patricia de Lille as the Minister of Public Works, Senzo Mchunu as the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ronald Lamola and the Minister of Justice and Jackson Mthembu as Minister in the Presidency.
Some of those who have remained in their portfolios include Pravin Gordhan, Tito Mboweni, Blade Nzimande, Bheki Cele and Gwede Mantashe.
Fikile Mbalula, former Minister of Sport, and then Police, is back to take on the Transport portfolio. That’s right, Transport is about to become hilarious.
Here is the full list of ministers and their deputies, in their respective portfolios:
• The minister of agriculture, land reform and rural development is Thoko Didiza. The deputy ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.
• The minister of basic education is Angie Motshekga. The deputy minister is Dr Regina Mhaule.
• The minister of communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. The deputy minister is Pinky Kekana.
• The minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The deputy ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.
• The minister of defence and military veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The deputy minister is Thabang Makwetla.
• The minister of environment, forestry and fisheries is Barbara Creecy. The deputy minister is Maggie Sotyu.
• The minister of employment and labour is Thulas Nxesi. The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.
• The minister of finance is Tito Mboweni. The deputy minister is Dr David Masondo.
• The minister of health is Dr Zwelini Mkhize. The deputy minister is Dr Joe Phaahla.
• The minister of higher education, science and technology is Dr Blade Nzimande. The deputy minister is Buti Manamela.
• The minister of home affairs is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi. The deputy minister is Njabulo Nzuza.
• The minister of human settlements, water and sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu. The deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.
• The minister of international relations and cooperation is Dr Naledi Pandor. The deputy ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.
• The minister of justice and correctional services is Ronald Lamola. The deputy ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.
• The minister of mineral resources and energy is Gwede Mantashe. The deputy minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.
• The minister of police is General Bheki Cele. The deputy minister is Cassel Mathale.
• The minister in the presidency is Jackson Mthembu. The deputy minister in the presidency is Thembi Siweya.
• The minister in the presidency for women, youth and persons with disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. The deputy minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.
• The minister of public enterprises is Pravin Gordhan. The deputy minister is Phumulo Masualle.
• The minister of public service and administration is Senzo Mchunu. The deputy minister is Sindy Chikunga.
• The minister of public works and Infrastructure is Patricia De Lille. The deputy minister is Noxolo Kiviet.
• The minister of small business development is Khumbudzo Ntshavheni. The deputy minister is Rosemary Capa.
• The minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu. The deputy minister is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
• The minister of sports, arts and culture is Nathi Mthethwa. The deputy minister is Nocawe Mafu.
• The minister of state security is Ayanda Dlodlo. The deputy minister is Zizi Kodwa.
• The minister of tourism is Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane. The deputy minister is Fish Mahlalela.
• The minister of trade and industry is Ebrahim Patel. The deputy ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.
• The minister of transport is Fikile Mbalula. The deputy minister is Dikeledi Magadzi.