South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa names 14 females and 14 males in new cabinet four days after inauguration

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South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa names 14 females and 14 males in new cabinet four days after inauguration

President Ramaphosa wastes no time in announcing his new cabinet

South African President, Cyril Ramophosa has announced the formation of his new cabinet barely four days after being inaugurated for his first full term in office.

Mr Ramaphosa took over from troubled Jacob Zuma last year and earlier this month led the ruling ANC to get another victory at the polls. 

Meet 65years old Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected President of South Africa

In what appears shocking especially to Nigerians who are not expecting President Muhammadu Buhari to name a cabinet anytime soon, Ramaphosa on Wednesday, May 29 announced his new cabinet to the approval of not just a few.

The 66-year old announced the appointment of 28 new ministers reducing the number of portfolios from the previous 36 in an attempt to cut wastage. 

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What however has continued to excite many is the gender balance in the list. Of the 28 ministers, both genders have equal representation in what appears to be a first of its kind in this part of the world. 

South Africa’s new cabinet

The women however it was observed also hold some of the strongest positions in the cabinet. This include; Defence, Education, Agriculture and Communications.

Perhaps, Nigeria has a lot to learn from South Africa!

Here is a full list of South Africa’s new ministers:

  1. Agriculture, land reform and rural development – Thiko Didiza
  2. Basic education – Angie Motsheggka
  3. Communications and telecommunications – Stella Ndabeni Abrahams 
  4. Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
  5. Defense – Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
  6. Environmental affairs and forestry & fisheries – Babara Creasy Maggie Sotyu
  7. Employment and labour – Thulas Nxese 
  8. Health – Dr Zweli Mkhize and Joe Phaala
  9. Science & technology and higher education & training  – Blade Nzimande
  10. Home affairs – Aaron Motsoalied
  11. Human settlements, water and sanitation – Lindiwe Sisulu
  12. Internal relations and cooperation – Naledi Pandor 
  13. Correctional services – Ronald Lamola
  14. Mineral resources and energy – Gwede Mantashe
  15. Police – General Bheki Cele
  16. Minister within the presidency – Jackson Mthembu
  17. Minister for Women in the presidency – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
  18. Public enterprises – Pravin Gordhan
  19. Public service – Senzo Mchunu
  20. Public works – Patricia De Lille
  21. Small business development – Mkhumbuzo Nchabeni
  22. Social development – Lindiwe Zulu
  23. Sports, arts & culture – Nathi Mthethwa
  24. State security – Ayanda Dlodlo
  25. Tourism – Nkhensani Kubayi
  26. Tradi and industry – Ibrahim Patel 
  27. Transport – Fikile Mbalula 
  28. Finance – Tito Mboweni 

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