Zuma restructures SA cabinet

first_imgCrowds throng the Union Buildings inPretoria during President Jacob Zuma’sinauguration on Saturday 9 May 2009.(Image: The Presidency. Click here to seemore inauguration photos.)Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s new president, has announced a new structure to his governing cabinet, with a some departments split in two, others renamed or newly created, and a number of new or redeployed ministers and deputy ministers.The most significant of the cabinet changes, announced a day after Zuma’s inauguration on 9 May, is the creation of the new National Planning Commission (NPC), to be headed by former finance minister Trevor Manuel.With 15 years in parliament, Manuel is one of South Africa’s longest-serving MPs. He is widely respected across the world, having headed up the International Monetary Fund’s committee to investigate the body’s decision-making policy and helped reform the country’s shambolic apartheid-era finances and economic policies.As one of two new ministers in the presidency, Manuel’s new position as head of the NPC will see him guiding strategic planning for South Africa to create a single national plan to which all spheres of government would adhere. The idea of the commission came from research on international models on how other governments plan and monitor performance.“This would enable us to take a more comprehensive view of socioeconomic development in the country,“ Zuma said in his announcement.Manuel’s fellow minister in the presidency is Collins Chabane, who will be responsible for monitoring and evaluating the performance of all three spheres of government – national, provincial and local.“There will therefore be two ministers in the presidency, one responsible for the NPC and the other for monitoring and evaluation as well as administration in the presidency,” Zuma said.The new minister replacing Manuel in the finance department is Pravin Gordhan, the former head of the South African Revenue Service (Sars), while Nhlanhla Nene stays on as deputy minister of finance.During Gordhan’s 10 years at the head of Sars he was responsible for increasing the organisation’s efficiency to the extent that revenue collection picked up dramatically. He has also been elected chair of the Council of World Customs Organisation four times. While he is not an MP, the law allows for the president to appoint two ministers, and two deputy ministers, from outside parliament.Zuma’s deputy president is to be Kgalema Motlanthe, who served as caretaker president for the eight months between the recall of Thabo Mbeki in September 2008 and Zuma’s inauguration.Motlanthe, who is also deputy president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), takes over from Baleka Mbete, who has left government and will instead work at the ANC headquarters in Johannesburg.With an involvement in the antiapartheid struggle going back to the 1970s, Motlanthe has a background in unionism, was imprisoned on Robben Island for 10 years – like Zuma – and was elected secretary-general of the ANC in 1992.Toyo Sexwale, former Gauteng premier, businessman and host of the South African version of The Apprentice television series, is to head the new Department of Human Settlements, which replaces the former housing department and is expected to take a more “holistic” view.Sexwale’s involvement in the struggle against apartheid also goes back to the 1970s. He was sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island and only freed with the end of apartheid in the early 1990s.Appointed premier of Gauteng in 1994, he left politics for business in 1998, forming the Mvelapanda Group, a black economic empowerment consortium listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. He also serves on the board of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee.Another significant appointment is that of Blade Nzimande, secretary-general of the South African Communist Party, as minister of the new higher education department. Also, pro-labour unionist Ebrahim Patel is to head the new Department of Economic Development.Zuma has also included opposition politician Peter Mulder in his cabinet. The head of minority party Freedom Front Plus, which represents a largely white and Afrikaner constituency, Mulder is to be the deputy minister of the new Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.The representation of women in the cabinet is 42%, with 14 female ministers and 12 deputy ministers.New departmentsDepartments that have been split in two include:The former Department of Minerals and Energy, which becomes separate departments of mining and of energyThe Department of Education becomes the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and TrainingThe Department of Agriculture becomes the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and the Department of Rural Development and Land AffairsThe Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism falls away, with tourism becoming a single department and the environment falling under the new Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. The former Department of Water Affairs and Forestry also disappears, with forestry now part of the broader agriculture department.New and renamed departments include:The Department of Human Settlements, which in replacing the Department of Housing is expected to take on a more “holistic” focusThe Department of Economic Development, established to focus on economic policymaking, while implementation functions remain with the Department of Trade and IndustryThe Department of Provincial and Local Government becomes the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsThe Department of Foreign Affairs becomes the Department of International Relations and CooperationThe Department of Intelligence becomes the Department of State SecurityThe new Department of Women, Youth, Children and People with DisabilityThe full cabinetDeputy president: Kgalema MotlantheThe rest of the cabinet, in alphabetical order:1. Agriculture, Forestry and FisheriesMinister: Tina Joemat-PetersonDeputy minister: Pieter Mulder2. Arts and CultureMinister: Lulu XingwanaDeputy minister: Paul Mashatile3. Basic EducationMinister: Angie MotshekgaDeputy minister: Enver Surty4. CommunicationsMinister: Siphiwe NyandaDeputy minister: Dina Pule5. Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsMinister: Sicelo ShicekaDeputy minister: Yunus Carrim6. Correctional ServicesMinister: Nosiviwe Mapisa-NqakulaDeputy minister: Hlengiwe Mkhize7. Defence and Military VeteransMinister: Lindiwe SisuluDeputy minister: Thabang Makwetla8. Economic DevelopmentMinister: Ebrahim PatelDeputy minister: Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde9. EnergyMinister: Dipuo Peters10. FinanceMinister: Pravin GordhanDeputy minister: Nhlanhla Nene11. HealthMinister: Aaron MotsoalediDeputy minister: Molefi Sefularo12. Higher Education and TrainingMinister: Blade Nzimande13. Home AffairsMinister: Nkosazana Dlamini-ZumaDeputy minister: Malusi Gigaba14. Human SettlementsMinister: Tokyo SexwaleDeputy minister: Zou Kota15. International Relations and CooperationMinister: Maite Nkoana-MashabaneDeputy ministers: Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim and Sue van der Merwe16. Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentMinister: Jeff RadebeDeputy minister: Andries Nel17. LabourMinister: Membathisi Mdladlana18. MiningMinister: Susan Shabangu19. PoliceMinister: Nathi MthethwaDeputy minister: Fikile Mbalula20. Public EnterprisesMinister: Barbara HoganDeputy minister: Enoch Godongwana21. Public Service and AdministrationMinister: Richard BaloyiDeputy minister: Roy Padayachie22. Public WorksMinister: Geoff DoidgeDeputy minister: Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu23. Rural Development and Land ReformMinister: Gugile NkwintiDeputy minister: Joe Phaahla24. Science and TechnologyMinister: Naledi PandorDeputy minister: Derek Hanekom25. Social DevelopmentMinister: Edna MolewaDeputy minister: Bathabile Dlamini26. Sport and RecreationMinister: Makhenkesi StofileDeputy minister: Gert Oosthuizen27. State SecurityMinister: Siyabonga Cwele28. The Presidency – National Planning CommissionMinister: Trevor Manuel29. The Presidency – Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, and AdministrationMinister: Collins Chabane30. TourismMinister: Marthinus van SchalkwykDeputy minister: Thozile Xasa31. Trade and IndustryMinister: Rob DaviesDeputy ministers: Thandi Tobias and Maria Ntuli32. TransportMinister: Sbusiso Joel NdebeleDeputy minister: Jeremy Cronin33. Water and Environmental AffairsMinister: Buyelwa SonjicaDeputy minister: Rejoice Mabhudafhasi34. Women, Youth, Children and People with DisabilitiesMinister: Noluthando Mayende SibiyaRelated articlesMillions vote in record SA election Jacob Zuma set for presidency Full text of cabinet appointment SA celebrates new president Useful linksThe PresidencySouth African Government InformationGovernment Communication and Information Systemlast_img