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Some new - and not so new - faces in the Cabinet

By unknown | May 11, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

nMinister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Tina Joemat-Peterson

nMinister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Tina Joemat-Peterson

Former MEC for agriculture in Northern Cape, generally credited for establishing the National Institute for Higher Education there - the first of its kind.

nMinister of Arts and Culture - Lulu Xingwana

Former Gauteng premier Paul Mashatile has been appointed deputy minister .

nMinister of Basic Education - Angie Motshekga

Former Gauteng education MEC is also a member of the ANC national working committee.

nMinister of Communications - Siphiwe Nyanda

Former commander of the SANDF is a firm supporter of Zuma.

nMinister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Sicelo Shiceka

One of four names submitted by the ANC Youth League to Zuma in its quest to get a "generational mix" in the cabinet.

nMinister of Correctional Services - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Former minister of Home Affairs changed colours on the eve of the Polokwane conference.

nMinister of Defence and Military Veterans - Lindiwe Sisulu

An experienced minister, having served as deputy minister of Defence, minister of Intelligence and minister of Housing.

nMinister of Economic Development - Ebrahim Patel

General secretary of the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union.

nMinister of Energy - Dipuo Peters

Former premier of the Northern Cape.

nMinister of Finance - Pravin Gordhan

With former finance minister Trevor Manuel and Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, Gordhan is part of a trio appointed by former president Nelson Mandela in 1996 to manage the country's economy.

nMinister of Health - Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Former Limpopo  MEC for education and former MEC  for agriculture, land and environment.

nMinister of Higher Education and Training - Blade Nzimande

General secretary of the South African Communist Party. Another deployee from the ANC national working committee.

n Minister of Home Affairs - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Zuma's former wife and former minister of Foreign Affairs.

Her deputy is former ANC Youth League president Malusi Gigaba, who was also recommended by the ANC Youth League to Zuma.

nMinister of Human Settlements - Tokyo Sexwale

The mining magnate threw in his lot with Zuma on the eve of the ANC elective conference in Limpopo.

nMinister of International Relations and Cooperation - Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Another deployee from the ANC's national working committee.

She has two deputies - Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim and Sue van der Merwe.

nMinister of Justice and Constitutional Development - Jeff Radebe

ANC's chief of policy is also the former minister of Transport.

nMinister of Mining - Susan Shabangu

Former deputy minister of Safety and Security and member of the ANC's national disciplinary committee and its national working committee.

nMinister of Police - Nathi Mthethwa

Both Mthethwa and his deputy, former ANC Youth League president Fikile Mbalula, were recommended by the league.

Mbalula is credited for the ANC's successful election strategy as the party's chief of campaigns.

n Minister of Public Enterprises - Barbara Hogan

Former minister of Health who shocked many when she criticised former president Kgalema Motlanthe's government when it barred the Dalai Lama from attending a peace conference in South Africa.

Her deputy is veteran ANC activist Enoch Godongwane who is also part of the ANC strategic committee on finance.

n Minister of the Public Service and Administration - Richard Baloyi

Long-serving MP who has been in Parliament since 1999 and has served on Parliament's portfolio committee for the public service and administration.

n Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform - Gugile Nkwinti

The ANC has put its planned massive rural development projects on the shoulders of former Eastern Cape housing and local government MEC.

His deputy is Joe Phaahla, the former director-general for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup government unit.

n Minister of State Security - Siyabonga Cwele

Former minister of Intelligence, who also chaired Parliament's portfolio committee on intelligence for many years.

He recently made headlines for the wrong reason when his wife was implicated in an international drug trafficking scam between South Africa and Brazil.

n Minister in The Presidency (1) National Planning Commission - Trevor Manuel

Popular former Minister of Finance.

n Minister in The Presidency (2) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation and Administration in the Presidency - Collins Chabane

Heads the ANC transition team which helped Zuma decided on the structure of government and which ministries to split or rename.

n Minister of Transport - Sbusiso Joel Ndebele

Former premier of KwaZulu-Natal is known to have excelled as provincial MEC for transport.

Ndebele and his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, are expected to drive some of the country's major infrastructure development programmes.


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