South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa. FILE PHOTO: ANA

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Ramaphosa announces David Mabuza as SA’s new deputy president

JOHANNESBURG, February 26 – South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza will be the country’s deputy at a late night Cabinet reshuffle on Monday.

He said pending the completion of his swearing-in as a Member of the National Assembly, he intends to appoint Mabuza as the Deputy President of the Republic.

Mabuza is expected to be sworn-in on Tuesday in Cape Town.

The announcement was made just after 10pm.

“I have decided to make certain changes to the composition of the Executive of our country. These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to continue implementing the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State-of-the-Nation Address,” Ramaphosa said.

“In making these changes, I have been very conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability for the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation in our country.”

“The new Ministers and Deputy Ministers will be sworn in in Cape Town tomorrow.”
Ramaphosa said he gave serious thought to the changes and he made them with the intentions of making government work better. He said he tried to strike a balance while ensuring continuity.
“These changes are intended to ensure that national government is better equipped to implement the mandate of this administration and specifically the tasks identified in the State of the Nation Address. In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation,” he said.
Ramaphosa added that as indicated in the State of the Nation Address, they have begun a review of the configuration, size and number of national Ministries and Departments. He announced that they would not be cutting the departments just yet.
“We will retain the existing Ministries and Departments until that review is completed,” he said.
Ministers in:
– Communications: Ms Nomvula Mokonyane
– Energy: Mr Jeff Radebe
– Higher Education and Training: Ms Naledi Pandor
– Home Affairs: Mr Malusi Gigaba
– Human Settlements: Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo
– International Relations and Cooperation: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
– Mineral Resources: Mr Gwede Mantashe
– Police: Mr Bheki Cele
– Public Enterprises: Mr Pravin Gordhan
– Public Service and Administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo
– Public Works: Mr Thulas Nxesi
– Rural Development and Land Reform: Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
– Science and Technology: Ms Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane
– Social Development: Ms Susan Shabangu
– Sport and Recreation: Ms Tokozile Xasa
– State Security: Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
– The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
– The Presidency: Women: Ms Bathabile Dlamini
– Tourism: Mr Derek Hanekom
– Transport: Dr Blade Nzimande
– Water and Sanitation: Mr Gugile Nkwinti
 Deputy Ministers:
– Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries: Mr Sfiso Buthelezi
– Communications: Ms Pinky Kekana
– Finance: Mr Mondli Gungubele
– Public Service and Administration: Dr Chana Pilane-Majeke
– Small Business Development: Mr Cassel Mathale
Ministers axed:
-Fikile Mbalula
-Lynn Brown
-Mosebenzi Zwane
-David Mahlobo
-Des van Rooyen
-Faith Muthambi
-Joe Maswanganyi
-Nathi Nhleko
-Bongani Bongo
Ramaphosa added that the positions of Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises and Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation will remain vacant.
ANA and Karabo Ngoepe

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