Mon. Jan 18th, 2021

Jeff Radebe: South Africa’s longest serving minister says farewell

jeff radebe africa energy indabaJeff Radebe served as minister since 1994 and says farewell after 25 years of heading numerous portfolios. He was not included in the new Cabinet.

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Former minister Jeff Radebe was not included in South Africa’s new Cabinet. Thus after 25 years, closing his chapter as the country’s longest serving minister.

Jeff Radebe’s impressive career

During his time as minister, Radebe headed public works, public enterprises, transport, health, justice and constitutional development, energy, as well as the presidency.

Radebe served under former presidents Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma. In a statement released on Thursday, Radebe said:

“As the longest serving minister in post-apartheid South Africa, having first served under Nelson Mandela, I am aware of the confidence and trust that was bestowed upon me as I served the people of this country.”

It was a point of pride for him to serve alongside “every post-apartheid president”. Radebe said he “had incredible experiences and adventures,” and built extraordinary collaborations and friendships.

A promising future

He wishes the new cabinet all the best for the future as he passes the mantle on to his colleagues. He trusts that the new cabinet “will continue to serve and carry the torch of democracy proudly.”

In addition, Radebe also describes the road ahead as “a new dawn for all of us”. The former minister also thanked President Ramaphosa for trusting him.

In addition, he thanked “the people of South Africa who remind government every day of the price that was paid for this democracy.”

What does the future hold for Jeff Radebe?

As reported by Times Live, Radebe is ready for a “new era of life”. He looks forward to leading a “normal life” and spend more time with his family. Radebe explains:

“Considering new options marks a new era for me and my family. I look forward to being able to enjoy the routines of normal life.”

Radebe says every level we go through in life demands “a different version of ourselves,” and he looks forward to “immersing [himself] into new possibilities.”

Also read – Energy minister Jeff Radebe excused from National Assembly due to ill-health

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