KwaZulu-Natal cabinet

The new cabinet for the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government. Image: X/@kzngov

Meet the new cabinet for the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government

KwaZulu-Natal premier Thamsanqa ‘Thami’ Ntuli has announced his cabinet for the provincial government. Here’s what you should know.

KwaZulu-Natal cabinet

The new cabinet for the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government. Image: X/@kzngov

KwaZulu-Natal premier Thami Ntuli has announced his new cabinet for the provincial government.

The new members of the executive council were announced after Ntuli’s swearing-in ceremony at the Woodburn Rugby Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Tuesday, 18 June.

MEET THE NEW KWAZULU-NATAL CABINET

As previously reported, no political party achieved an outright majority (50% +1) in the 29 May polls, this meant that political parties had to form a coalition in order to govern the province.

The IFP which received the second highest votes in the province formed a government of provincial unity with the Democratic Alliance (DA), the National Freedom Party (NFP) and the African National Congress (ANC).

Here are the members of the executive council:

  • Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs – Reverend Musa Keith Zondi. He left the IFP in 2011 after claims that he was being targeted by assassins, made a surprise return to his former political home when he was included in its national council in 2023.
  • Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) – Reverend Thulasizwe Dominic Buthelezi. He recently resigned as the mayor of Zululand district municipality and also serves at the Traditional Prime Minister in the Zulu monarchy.
  • Health – Nomagugu Simelane. The ANC KZN deputy chairperson has retained her position in the health portfolio.
  • Social Development – Mbali Cynthia Shinga. The NFP member previously served in the Education Committee (Kwazulu-Natal-Provincial-Legislature-Committee)
  • Public Works and Infrastructure – Lukas Marthinus Meyer. The DA member served as a councillor in eThekwini from 2011 to 2019 prior to joining the KZN Provincial Legislature.
  • Finance – Francoise Adrianus Rodgers. The DA KZN leader has been a public representative for over 25 years.
  • Agriculture and Rural Development – Thembeni Petty kaMadlopha-Mthethwa.
  • Transport and Human Settlements – Siboniso Amstrong Duma
  • Education – Siphosihle Emmanuel Hlomuka. The ANC KZN deputy secretary previously served as the MEC for Cogta and Transport, Community Safety and Liaison.
  • Sport, Arts and Culture – Mntomuhle Khawula. The IFP member previously served on the Ad Hoc Committee on Investigations (Kwazulu-Natal-Provincial-Legislature-Committee).

PREMIER READY TO HIT THE GROUND RUNNING

During his address on Tuesday, Ntuli said the government of provincial unity stands on the cusp of a new beginning.

“Collectively, we will deliver on the hope and revival the people of this Province so desperately require. Today, we enter a pivotal new period or rebuilding our province that will require all of us to have clear minds, while displaying visionary and committed leadership.

“I wish to assure you that we will always keep our promise that we are your servants, not your bosses. Please trust us. We intend to lead a government based on the principles of Ubuntu-Botho. A government that will ensure that service delivery is rolled out to all the people of this province,” he said.

KwaZulu-Natal cabinet
KZN premier Thami Ntuli bring sworn in at his inauguration ceremony at the Woodburn Rugby Stadium. Image: X/@kzngov