Mon. Dec 16th, 2019

Premier David Makhura unveils Gauteng’s new Cabinet

david makhura gauteng cabinetGauteng finally gets its new provincial Cabinet.

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Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, after raising speculation around his postponement on Tuesday has finally announced his new ten-member Cabinet.

As reported by eNCA, Makhura had noted on Tuesday that he needed more time to consider his options for the incoming executive council.

Why did David Makhura postpone the Cabinet announcement?

He was faced with a lot of pressure from the different arms of the ANC to institute fairness and equality on all fronts in his considerations.

Related: David Makhura postpones Gauteng Cabinet announcement

The Women’s League wanted more representation in the executive council, while the party’s alliance partners also wanted seniority. In the end, it was up to the re-elected Premier to decide on who he would anoint to the coveted MEC position.

According to the Gauteng provincial government spokesperson, Thabo Masebe, Makhura was faced with the challenge of bringing in a team of officials who would drive transformation and hold high standards in their ethics.

“He looked at the mandate. He looked at what the people of Gauteng expect from the government. Having looked at that, clearly understanding the mandate based on the election campaign, he then came to the conclusion that he needs a team of people who will give him the experience that he needs.

“People who would have been in government before but he also needs people who will bring fresh ideas, and he needs people who will bring energy and all of those things, collectively, would give him a team that will be able to fulfil the mandate of the sixth administration,” Masebe explained.

The announcement came with a shuffle of the old Cabinet as well as a new component in one of the merged portfolios. Panyaza Lesufi, whom we believed was set to retain his position as Education MEC will be replaced by Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko.


Gauteng’s new provincial Cabinet

Lesufi will, instead, head-up the new government portfolio, Finance and e-Government. According to Masebe, Lesufi’s task will be to oversee and transform the contentious tender system and the modernisation of public service systems.

This is the complete list of Makhura’s league of MECs:

  • MEC for Education: Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko
  • MEC for Finance and eGovernment: Panyaza Lesufi
  • MEC for Community Safety: Faith Mazibuko
  • MEC for Human Settlements, Urban Planning and Cogta: Lebogang Maile
  • MEC for Social Development: Thuliswa Nkabinde-Khawe
  • MEC for Public Transport and Road Infrastructure: Jacob Mamabolo
  • MEC for Infrastructure Development and Property Management: Tasneem Motara
  • MEC for Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment: Dr Kgosientsho Ramokgopa
  • MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation: Mbali Hlophe
  • MEC for Health: Bandile Masuku

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