President Ramaphosa reshuffles cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa and new minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Photo : RR

Pretoria, South Africa (ADV) – South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has changed his Cabinet from the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The reshuffle follows the recent resignation of controversial Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba and the death in September 2018 of Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa.

New to the team is the vibrant communications specialist Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams who is considered a rising star in the ANC’s top structures and was appointed Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services in March 2017.

The new home affairs minister is Dr Siyabonga Cwele whose former portfolio Ministry of Telecommunications and Postal Services has been merged with the Ministry of Communications now under Ndabeni-Abrahams.

Minister Nomvula Mankonyane has been shifted from Communications to Environmental Affairs.

Transport Minister Blade Nzimande was acting as home affairs minister while Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom had taken care of the environment portfolio.

Since taking office in February, Ramaphosa has only effected one Cabinet change, appointing Tito Mboweni as finance minister following the resignation of Nhlanhla Nene.

After the reshuffling of the cabinet the president promised to combine several portfolios in the economics cluster to create a “super-ministry” to spearhead efforts to revive growth and attract investment possible after the upcoming 2019 elections.

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