After President Cyril Ramaphosa unveiled his new Cabinet for the sixth administration, the league of Ministers and Deputy Ministers will be sworn in at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential guest house in Pretoria, on Thursday.
The president, to the satisfaction of the masses, presented a lean-looking 28-member Cabinet, with key alterations made in some departments.
Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet boasts surprises
This, according to the president, would allow for a more focused approach in applying transformative policies where they are needed the most.
The merged ministerial portfolios include;
- The department of trade industry and department of economic development;
- The department of higher education and the department of science and technology;
- The department of environmental affairs and the department of forestry and fisheries;
- The department of agriculture and the department of rural development and land reform;
- The department of mineral resources and the department of energy;
- The department human settlements and department of water and sanitation;
- The department of sports and the department of arts and culture.
Notable appointments made by the president include the Good party’s leader, Patricia de Lille as the new Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure.
The return of Thoko Didiza to the newly-merged Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Reform was also welcomed.
However, other political parties were not too happy about seeing embattled figures that are linked, in some capacity, to state capture like Gwede Mantashe, Fikile Mbalula and Pravin Gordhan, back in the saddle in their respective positions — the exception being Mbalula who has been moved to Transport.
When will the Cabinet be sworn in?
According to a notice issued by the Presidency, the swearing-in process of the 61-member National Executive is expected to begin at 15:00.
You can stream the occasion that is overseen by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng below.
Watch: Swearing-in of Ministers and Deputy Ministers