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Ramaphosa Cabinet reshuffle sees appointment of Ndabeni-Abrahams, Cwele and Mokonyane

Nov 22, 2018
Ramaphosa Cabinet reshuffle sees appointment of Ndabeni-Abrahams, Cwele and Mokonyane

Announcing his much-anticipated Cabinet Reshuffle, President Cyril Ramaphosa said that he had appointed Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is new Minister of Communications & Postal Services.

The new Minister of Home Affairs is Siyabonga Cwele and new Minister of Environmental Affairs is Nomvula Mokonyane.

Other than these changes, there have been no official ministerial changes except for Deputy Energy Minister, Thembi Majola, who has resigned due to family commitments.

"These changes have been occasioned by the passing away in September 2018 of the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Ms Edna Molewa, and the more recent resignation of the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba," said Khusela Diko, Spokesperson to the President.

This will be Ramaphosa's first Cabinet reshuffle after the events early this year that saw the him replacing his former boss, Jacob Zuma, as President.

Ramaphosa's first Cabinet reshuffle

Announcing his Cabinet in February, Ramaphosa brought back many of the Ministers that had been fired by Zuma and also fired several others, who had apparently been implicated in the so-called State Capture.

Still, while some welcomed the new Cabinet, the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) claimed that his Cabinet was meant to serve the African National Congress (ANC) and not South Africa.

A common criticism is also that the Cabinet has too many members when compared with other countries in the developed world and some would like Ramaphosa to trim it down and save taxpayers money.

"I have also decided to merge the ministries of Communications and Telecommunications & Postal Services into a single Ministry," Ramaphosa said.

In October, he swore in former South African Reserve Bank Governor, Tito Mboweni, as South Africa’s new Finance Minister, after then Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, submitted a letter of resignation following revelations at the ongoing State Capture Inquiry.

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