Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), the Black Business Council (BBC), and the rest of the watching world was keen to see who President Cyril Ramaphosa was going to anoint into the Cabinet.
As reported by EWN, the two business organisations have expressed their satisfaction with the way the president went about his selection, caring less about experimentation and more about filling in portfolios with capable, competent and seasoned ministers.
Political party reactions to Ramaphosa Cabinet picks
For the most part, there have been mixed reviews on the president’s Cabinet. Political parties like the EFF and the DA were left with a sour taste in their mouths when it was revealed that embattled members such as David Mabuza and Pravin Gordhan would retain their portfolios.
While Julius Malema warned that the Red Berets would effectively treat the president in the same manner that they did his predecessor, Jacob Zuma, the DA’s Mmusi Maimane called for an immediate lifestyle audit of all ministers and oversight of the performance agreements Ramaphosa said his Cabinet would be bound to.
Business organisations welcome the executive council
BLSA gives transformation-centric Cabinet thumbs up
However, for BLSA’s Bonang Mohale, there are a lot more positives to consider from this selection.
According to Mohale, the Cabinet of the sixth administration is founded on economic transformation as a centric focus rather than the aged policy determination approach that has failed for so long.
“This is not the time to experiment. The focus must surely be on economic management versus economic policy formulation because that’s what we’ve been doing for the last 25 years. It must continue,” he said.
BBC appreciate survival of small business department
Sandile Zungu, the president of the BBC, was elated with the fact that, in shrinking the size of the Cabinet, Ramaphosa left the Ministry of Small Business Development untouched.
“We’re specifically pleased with the retention of the Ministry for Small Business Development because it’s going to be critical on a road trajectory that we’re going to take this country towards,” he said
The president announced that his league of ministers would be sworn in on Thursday, in a procession that will be overseen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.