In addition to being a National Coronavirus Command Council (NCCC) member, Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has been appointed to the inter-ministerial committee (IMC) on vaccination, the newest weapon in government’s arsenal against the war on COVID-19.
She and 13 other Cabinet ministers will, under the leadership of deputy president David Mabuza, “receive reports and intervene in challenges that may be encountered during implementation” of the national vaccine roll-out, according to as GCIS (Government Communication and Information System) statement issued after Tuesday’s (19 January’s) special Cabinet meeting. The meeting was called to discuss an NCCC progress report.
Those sitting on the vaccination IMC are Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize; Finance Minister Tito Mboweni; Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma; Minister in The Presidency Jackson Mthembu; Police Minister Bheki Cele; State Security Minister Ayanda Dlodlo; Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande; Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan; Home Affairs Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; Public Service and Administration Minister Senzo Mchunu; Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel; Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu and International Relations and Co-operation Minister Naledi Pandor.
An at this stage unknown number of soldiers will find themselves deployed to safeguard vaccine distribution. This came to light during a Department of Health virtual briefing to the ANC Progressive Business Forum the same day Cabinet met.