On 25 May 2014 President Jacob Zuma announced the creation of new ministries in a bid to transform the economy and to restore the confidence of foreign investors in the country.
Announcing his new cabinet at the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) offices President Jacob Zuma also announced new faces that will form part of his 35-member cabinet, which means he added one more minister into his executive.
President Zuma told journalists that businessman and ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa would replace Kgalema Motlanthe as Deputy President of the Republic.
The National Planning Commission and the Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Ministries in the Presidency have been merged into one department, which will be headed by Minister Jeff Radebe, who will move from the then Justice and Constitutional Development Ministry.
In another big announcement of the evening, President Zuma said Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene would be promoted to be the Finance Minister, replacing Minister Pravin Gordhan, who was moved to head the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs portfolio.
Minister Nene, who before being appointed deputy minister was the chairperson of Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Finance for a number of years, becomes the first black Minister in this position.
His wealth of experience and track record is set to ensure continuity and restore confidence in a portfolio that is key to the country’s economy.
Zuma said some of the departments had been changed, while others had been combined.
One of the new ministries will be the Ministry for Telecommunications and Postal Services.
President Zuma said the new department was due to the fast growing postal sector. He said a new department will ensure the country derives more value out of the telecommunications industry and postal sector.
The New Executive is as follows:
- Minister in the Presidency is Jeff Radebe.
- Minister of Women in the Presidency is Susan Shabangu.
- Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Michael Masutha.
- Minister of Public Service and Administration is Collins Chabane.
- Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
- Minister of Home Affairs is Malusi Gigaba.
- Minister of Environmental Affairs is Edna Molewa.
- Minister of State Security is David Mahlobo.
- Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services is Dr Siyabonga Cwele.
- Minister of Police is Nkosinathi Nhleko.
- Minister of Trade and Industry is Dr Rob Davies.
- Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is Senzeni Zokwana.
- Minister of Water and Sanitation is Nomvula Mokonyane.
- Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.
- Minister of Health is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.
- Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
- Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform is Gugile Nkwinti.
- Minister of Higher Education and Training is Dr Bonginkosi “Blade” Nzimande.
- Minister of Economic Development is Ebrahim Patel.
- Minister of Transport is Dipuo Peters.
- Minister of Mineral Resources is Adv Ngoako Ramathlodi.
- Minister of Social Development is Bathabile Dlamini.
- Minister of Public Enterprises is Lyn Brown.
- Minister of Sport and Recreation is Fikile Mbalula.
- Minister of Labour is Mildred Oliphant.
- Minister of Arts and Culture is Nathi Mthethwa.
- Minister of Public Works is Thulas Nxesi.
- Minister of Small Business Development is Lindiwe Zulu.
- Minister of Energy is Tina Joemat-Peterssen.
- Minister of Science and Technology is Naledi Pandor.
- Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Pravin Gordhan.
- Minister of Communications is Faith Muthambi.
- Minister of Human Settlements is Lindiwe Sisulu.
- Minister of Tourism is Derek Hanekom.
While the President retained some deputy ministers, most of them were new faces altogether.
- Deputy Minister of Human settlements is Zoe Kota-Hendricks.
- Deputy Minister of Basic Education is Enver Surty.
- Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, responsible for provincial and local government is Andries Nel.
- Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, responsible for traditional affairs, is Obed Bapela.
- Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Kebby Maphatsoe.
- Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Buti Manamela.
- Deputy Minister of Tourism is Thokozile Xasa.
- Deputy Minister of Health is Dr Joe Phaahla.
- Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration is Ayanda Dlodlo.
- Deputy Minister of Home Affairs is Fatima Chohan.
- Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises is Gratitude Magwanishe.
- Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services will have two deputy ministers. They are; John Jeffery, responsible for the justice and constitutional development component and Thabang Makwetla, responsible for the correctional services portfolio.
- Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs is Barbara Thomson.
- Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation is Gert Oosthuizen.
- Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is Bheki Cele.
- Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal services, Hlengiwe Mkhize.
- Deputy Minister of State Security is Ellen Molekane.
- Deputy Minister of Police is Maggie Sotyu.
- Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry is Mzwandile Masina.
- International relations and cooperation will remain with two deputy ministers. These are: Noma-India Mfeketho and Lluwelyn Landers.
- Deputy Minister of Finance is Mcebisi Jonas.
- Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation is Pam Tshwete.
- Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training is Mduduzi Manana.
- Deputy Minister of Economic Development is Madala Masuku.
- Deputy Minister of Transport is Sindi Chikunga.
- Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources is Godfrey Oliphant.
- Deputy Minister of Social Development is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.
- Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture is Rejoice Mabudafhasi.
- Deputy Minister of Public Works is Jeremy Cronin.
- Deputy Minister of Small Business Development is Elizabeth Thabethe.
- Deputy Minister of Energy is Thembi Majola.
- Deputy Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.
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