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President Cyril Ramaphosa’s major cabinet shake-up

Big changes in finance ministry and appointment of the deputy president.

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced sweeping changes to his new cabinet on Monday, shaking up the flawed cabinet that he inherited from former president Jacob Zuma.

The most notable changes to Ramaphosa’s cabinet are the return of Nhlanhla Nene as Finance Minister and the appointment of David Mabuza as the deputy president of the country.

Both are expected to be sworn-in as new MPs on Tuesday.

Read Key figures in President Ramaphosa’s first cabinet

Speculation has been rife that after Ramaphosa was sworn in as president on February 15, ministers who have performed poorly or have been linked to corruption and state capture would be fired.

Ramaphosa’s hand-picked Cabinet is expected to help him on his “new dawn” plan that seeks to root out rampant corruption and patronage, grow the economy, reduce inequality and create jobs and trim SA’s bloated cabinet.

Nene has replaced Malusi Gigaba, who was widely viewed as another state capture enabler, allegedly placing Gupta-allies in key board positions at state-owned enterprises. Although Gigaba has been moved out of the National Treasury, he remains in the Cabinet as minister of home affairs.

Former president Jacob Zuma abruptly fired Nene in 2015 saying his name had been put forward to head the African Regional Centre of the Brics, which never materialised.

Nene’s sacking at the time rocked markets with the rand weakening to more than R14 against the US dollar and bond yields spiked to 9% as Zuma replaced him with little-known backbencher Des van Rooyen. To calm market jitters, respected Pravin Gordhan was appointed to replace Van Rooyen.

Nene is widely respected by the business and international investment community for being fiscally conservative, cutting government wasteful expenditure and drawing a hard line on bailouts for state-owned entities.

Ramaphosa chose former Mpumalanga premier and current ANC deputy president David Mabuza as his deputy. Mabuza was elected ANC deputy president at the ANC’s national elective conference in December 2017.

Ramaphosa’s announcement of the new cabinet has been expected since he was sworn in as the country’s president following Zuma’s resignation after he was recalled by the ANC.  Ministers that faced the chop (or were shuffled into other portfolios) include Mosebenzi Zwane (Mineral Resources), Bathabile Dlamini (Social Development), Lynne Brown (Public Enterprises), Malusi Gigaba (Finance), Des van Rooyen (Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs) and Faith Muthambi (Public Service and Administration).

The following changes have been made:
1. Communications: Ms Nomvula Mokonyane
2. Finance: Mr Nhlanhla Nene
3. Energy: Mr Jeff Radebe
4. Higher Education and Training: Ms Naledi Pandor
5. Home Affairs: Mr Malusi Gigaba
6. Human Settlements: Ms Nomaindia Mfeketo
7. International Relations and Cooperation: Ms Lindiwe Sisulu
8. Mineral Resources: Mr Gwede Mantashe
9. Police: Mr Bheki Cele
10. Public Enterprises: Mr Pravin Gordhan
11. Public Service and Administration: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo
12. Public Works: Mr Thulas Nxesi
13. Rural Development and Land Reform: Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
14. Science and Technology: Ms Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane
15. Social Development: Ms Susan Shabangu
16. Sport and Recreation: Ms Tokozile Xasa
17. State Security: Ms Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba
18. The Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
19. The Presidency: Women: Ms Bathabile Dlamini
20. Tourism: Mr Derek Hanekom
21. Transport: Dr Blade Nzimande
22. Water and Sanitation: Mr Gugile Nkwinti



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I see some dead beats are still in:- Mokonyane, Radebe,Gigaba,Cele,Nxesi,Mashabane, Dlamini-Zuma,Dlamini – but I suppose it was the price Cyril the squirrel had to pay to reshuffle his cabinet. These people will probably be exited after the next elections

The important stuff is covered, next time round he can flush the rest out.

Cyril’s tried his best to prevent the ANC from splitting? I’m sure the opposition parties are very happy; at this rate – unless the compromised ministers are removed sooner – the ANC will lose their majority in 2019 elections. And he has ‘bought’ SACP’s support in next year’s elections, by bringing Blade in again!?
I look forward to Parliament sitting when Gigupta presents his budget!?? The EFF will have a field day

Now that reality has set back in can the R/$ go back over 12


Brought back Gigaba, Cele Nxesi, and Radebe back in positions they created some controversies in? What’s Nomvula, Nkosazana and Bathabile still doing here? Hopefully the presence of Pravin and Nhlanhla will be the saving grace here. I do expect the president to have a shorter ministry list after the next elections, and hopefully that will be the real shakeup.

Nxesi and Nzimande are the price to pay to keep the SACP placated and compliant because neither offer much if anything on their individual merits. Good to see that clown Mbalula gone but the choice of Bheki Cele is hardly an inspiring one. Good to see Higher Education in competent hands and Mineral Resources should see a return to common sense under a pragmatic albeit utterly uninspiring Gwede Mantashe. The new cabinet is clearly the outcome of an uncomfortable compromise to keep the internal strife going on within the ANC within reasonable bounds rather than a cabinet that’s best for all South Africans.

The “New Dawn” has been eclipsed by hefty clouds which will obscure the vision so eloquently espoused by Cyril in SONA. His face and body language clearly revealed a compromised man with far less power to effect change than so many of us had hoped. He has failed to seize the moment and drive through the agenda the country so badly needed. The irony is that – by putting the party before the country – he has gifted the opposition with plenty of ammunition to negatively impact on his party’s success at the Polls in 2019! The ANC infighting will continue unabated – and with DD Mabuza as Deputy President [effectively President in waiting of the country] the risk of a return to criminality over time is given a real boost.

Brilliant and accurate response that says it all.

A weak cabinet and Kernol ( below) is right – Cyril’s Body language does not inspire confidence. And where the hell is a new Minister for the Environment? In fact NO mention of the environmental policy is concerning. No social upliftment can happen without this – and I’m not talking about tree huggers…. a strategy to support our ecology supports agriculture, mining, water, power, and a better chance for all. My initial relief at .Cyrils appointment has disappated. Sadly .

given the thin margins at Dec conference, he was never going to have a free axe. IMAGINE the atmosphere around a cabinet table with Nene and Gordhan facing Gigaba, even if he is now at home affairs.

It is surprising how many non-controversials were also either chopped or moved.

I would have thought baby steps:
1. Last night exit the worst and most corrupt
2. Take three months to rationalize the cabinet size and replace / shuffle

Cyril had only one more chance to fix SA.

He MUST act finally and decisively by August 2018.


Parliament overwhelmingly voted for expropriation without compensation today. Mechanisms to do this by 30th August 2018.

Unless CR does something drastic well before then, SA is toast.

ALL land and improvements have to be IMMEDIATELY impaired to NIL as of 28 February 2018.

What say you SAICA?

CEOs: wtf are you doing saying nothing? Are you bunch of pipsqueeks?

Woolies bashers: that David Jones investment may just be the best thing left on Woolies books after this.

An accounting and financial reporting bloodbath is to follow.

It might not be that pleasing to many but Cyril had no choice but to compromise. All is not lost given the fact that all key strategic positions are now occupied but competent individuals. They will be a second round very soon. Placing Gigaba back in the portfolio that was mired with controversy is clever move to send him there to fix his mess (all eyes are on him)

Bathabile been appointed as minister of women, portfolio in the presidency is another well executed move, she’s the womens league president after all – and she’s been doing nothing other than insult the women of this country, now she’s been given a rope to hang herself

Then he is as gutless as all his anc predecessor “presidents”

Leaving aside the politics for the moment, it must be extremely bad for service delivery to chop and change Ministers all the time. I would hate to be a Minister in South Africa, there is just no continuity !

A change is as good as a holiday – holiday is what they are best at after looting of course.

Imagine being Gigaba, the man has a degree in education, then gets put in charge of the finances of a country. Luckily Nene has a degree in economics, should at least be able to understand how an economy works.

The “re-cycle” apart, I think the SA public places too much of emphasis on the personality cult of Pravin and Nene!

Like all the other cabinet (dead-wood) ministers; they did nothing to stop the rot when they were on the inside. Remember the famous Ministerial Handbook!!!

I hear, you say but they could not!!! If they served at the pleasure of their conscience they could have resigned and then exposed the rot rather then being a reluctant voyeur in this bad movie!!!

It is clear the ANC does not want to break with its traditions and will thus have to learn its lessons the hard way in Elections 2019.

It appears that they chose a B team to play in the Premier League!

There is no “Premier League” , but we do have a Banana Republic.

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