Sisulu appointed defence minister

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President Jacob Zuma has appointed Lindiwe Sisulu (formerly housing minister) Minister of Defence and Military Veterans. She replaces caretaker minister Charles Nqakula who has been left out of Zuma’s Cabinet announced at the Union Buildings this afternoon.

Sisulu was also previously Intelligence services minister.

Her deputy is former Mpumalanga premier Thabang Makwetla, who replaces caretaker deputy minister Fezile Bhengu who was not re-elected to Parliament. Nqakula and Bhengu replaced now-Congress of the People co-leader Mosiuoa Lekota and Mluleki George, who both resigned from their positions and the ruling African National Congress.

Sisulu`s brother, Max, is a former Denel CE and was this past week elected Speaker of Parliament. He is the head of economic planning in the ANC.  

Zuma appointed former President Kgalema Motlanthe his deputy.

General Siphiwe Nyanda, considered by some as a natural choice for defence minister, was appointed Minister of Communications. His processor, Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburri, died last month. Nyanda was Chief of the South African National Defence Force from June 1998 to May 2005.

Police minister Nathi Mthetwa kept the portfolio he assumed after Nqakula was moved to defence, but his ministry has been renamed from Safety and Security to Police. Intelligence minister Siyabonga Cwele, who was not initially re-elected to Parliament, also retained his post, albeit as Minister of State Security.                

Former foreign affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was appointed Home Affairs minister. The department is regarded as one of the most shambolic in the state administration.

Foreign affairs, now renamed International Relations and Cooperation has been entrusted to former Limpopo province Local Government And Housing MEC (minister) Maite Nkoana-Mashabane with Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim and incumbent Sue van der Merwe as deputies.

Transport minister Jeff Radebe has been moved to Justice and Constitutional Development and Finance Minister Trevor Manuel has been moved to the Presidency where he will head the National Planning Commission as a Minister in the Presidency. The Treasury will now be headed by former SA Revenue Service Commissioner Pravin Gordhan.

Joining Nqakula in the cold is the highly competent former Science and Technology minister Mosibudi Mangena, the Azanian People`s Organisation president.

Addressing the media, Zuma said the Manuel`s NPC “will be responsible for strategic planning for the country to ensure one National Plan to which all spheres of government would adhere.

“This would enable us to take a more comprehensive view of socio-economic development in the country,” he said. “We have also created a monitoring and evaluation competency in the Presidency, to monitor and evaluate the performance of government in all three spheres. 

“There will therefore be two Ministers in the Presidency, one responsible for the NPC and the other for Monitoring and Evaluation as well as administration in the Presidency.”

Other changes announced were:

·         The Department of Minerals and Energy will be split into two separate departments of Mining and of Energy, each with a minister.

·         The Department of Education will be split into separate Ministries, one for Basic Education and the other for Higher Education and Training.

·         The Department of Housing will be called the Department of Human Settlements to take on a more holistic focus.

·         There will be a new department of Rural Development and Land Affairs, “which are part of our key priorities for the next five years.”

·         The Department of Water affairs and Forestry becomes the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.

·         A new Department of Economic Development has been established to focus on economic policymaking. The implementation functions will remain with the Department of Trade and Industry.

·         A new department of Tourism has been created.

·         Agriculture becomes Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

·         The Department of Provincial and Local Government becomes Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

·         A new Ministry has been created for Women, Youth, Children and People with Disability, to emphasise the need for equity and access to development opportunities for the vulnerable groups in our society.

Zuma repeated that he wants an efficient, caring and effective administration, “which will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people.”

Therefore he “will not tolerate laziness and incompetence” and wants to emphasise excellence and achievement from the Cabinet and the public service.

“I … want to stress to our public servants that the era of hard work has begun. Public servants who do their work diligently and efficiently have nothing to worry about.”

The complete Cabinet in alphabetical order is:

1.

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Tina Joemat-Peterson

Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Dr Pieter Mulder

2.

Minister of Arts and Culture

Lulu Xingwana

Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture

Paul Mashatile

3.

Minister of Basic Education

Angie Motshekga

Deputy Minister of Basic Education

Enver Surty

4.

Minister of Communications

Siphiwe Nyanda

Deputy Minister of Communications

Dina Pule

5.

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Sicelo Shiceka

Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs

Yunus Carrim

6.

Minister of Correctional Services

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Deputy Minister of Correctional Services

Hlengiwe Mkhize

7.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Lindiwe Sisulu

Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans

Thabang Makwetla

8.

Minister of Economic Development

Ebrahim Patel

Deputy Minister of Economic Development

Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde

9.

Minister of Energy

Dipuo Peters

10.

Minister  of Finance

Pravin Gordhan

Deputy Minister  of Finance

Nhlanhla Nene

11.

Minister of Health

Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Deputy Minister of Health

Dr Molefi Sefularo

12.

Minister of Higher Education and Training

Dr Blade Nzimande

13.

Minister of Home Affairs

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs

Malusi Gigaba

14.

Minister of Human Settlements

Tokyo Sexwale

Deputy Minister of Human Settlements

Zou Kota

15.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (1)

Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (2)

Sue van der Merwe

16.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Jeff Radebe

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development

Andries Nel

17.

Minister of Labour

Membathisi Mdladlana

18.

Minister of Mining

Susan Shabangu

19.

Minister of Police

Nathi Mthethwa

Deputy Minister of Police

Fikile Mbalula

20.

Minister of Public Enterprises

Barbara Hogan

Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises

Enoch Godongwana

21.

Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Richard Baloyi

Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration

Roy Padayachie

22.

Minister of Public Works

Geoff Doidge

Deputy Minister of Public Works

Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu

23.

Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Gugile Nkwinti

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform

Dr Joe Phaahla

24.

Minister of Science and Technology

Naledi Pandor

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology

Derek Hanekom

25.

Minister of Social Development

Edna Molewa

Deputy Minister of Social Development

Bathabile Dlamini

26.

Minister of Sport and Recreation

Makhenkesi Stofile

Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation

Gert Oosthuizen

27.

Minister of State Security

Siyabonga Cwele

28.

Minister in The Presidency (1)
National Planning Commission

Trevor Manuel

29.

Minister in The Presidency (2)
Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency

Collins Chabane

30.

Minister of Tourism

Marthinus van Schalkwyk

Deputy Minister of Tourism

Thozile Xasa

31.

Minister of Trade and Industry

Rob Davies

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (1)

Thandi Tobias

Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (2)

Maria Ntuli

32.

Minister of Transport 

Sbusiso Joel Ndebele

Deputy Minister of Transport

Jeremy Cronin

33.

Minister of Water and Environmental  Affairs

Buyelwa Sonjica

Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental  Affairs

Rejoice Mabhudafhasi

34.

Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities

Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya