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Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce first Cabinet Reshuffle

Nov 22, 2018
Cyril Ramaphosa expected to announce first Cabinet Reshuffle

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected on Thursday, to announce changes to the National Executive - or Cabinet, at the Union Buildings, in Pretoria, at around 15h00.

"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

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.

Ramaphosa has since made an effort to woo foreign investors to boost the ailing economy.

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.

Without a doubt, investors and ordinary South Africans will be watching the news this afternoon.

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