cyril ramaphosa cabinet ministers full list

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Ramaphosa announces his Cabinet: Here’s the complete list of ministers

The ministerial resolution completes the trinity of state.

cyril ramaphosa cabinet ministers full list

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Following an unnerving stretch of hesitancy, President Cyril Ramaphosa has finally announced his ministerial Cabinet.

What was an undoubtedly agonising wait, particularly for those whose Cabinet aspirations hung in the balance, finally came to an end on Wednesday evening. The public and political reaction to Ramaphosa’s Cabinet announcement was, as expected, mixed.

The long wait is over…

Ramaphosa, who, following a particularly bruising yet victorious electoral conference, was officially inaugurated as the president of South Africa on 25 May, prolonged his long-awaited Cabinet announcement amid a barrage of controversy and subversive speculation.

By law, the president, after being inaugurated, has just five days to take up office along with his selected ministers. Ramaphosa cut it fine, and speaking of cutting, he has trimmed eight ministries from his new cabinet, while merging together these 16 departments:

  • Trade and industry combined with economic development.
  • Higher education and training combined with science and technology.
  • Enviromental affairs combined with forestry and fisheries.
  • Agriculture combined with land reform and rural development.
  • Mineral resources combined with energy.
  • Human settlements combined with waste and sanitation.
  • Sports and recreation combined with arts and culture.

Shortly after 20:00 on Wednesday night, the president ascended to his podium at the Union Buildings in Tshwane. The broadcasted address, with its purpose to officially announce the composition of the National Executive, served as customary closure to the electoral encounter.

Ramaphosa’s Cabinet: Who made the cut

Deputy President: David Mabuza

Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development: Thoko Didiza

Minister of Basic Education: Angie Motshekga

Minister of Communications: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries: Barbara Creecy

Minister of Employment and Labour: Thulas Nxesi 

Minister of Finance: Tito Mboweni

Minister of Health: Dr Zwelini Mkhize

Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology: Dr Blade Nzimande

Minister of Home Affairs: Dr Aaron Motsoaledi

Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation: Lindiwe Sisulu

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: Dr Naledi Pandor

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services: Ronald Lamola 

Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy: Gwede Mantashe

Minister of Police: General Bheki Cele

Minister in the Presidency: Jackson Mthembu

Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of Public Enterprises: Pravin Gordhan

Minister of Public Service and Administration: Senzo Mchunu

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: Patricia De Lille

Minister of Small Business Development: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Minister of Social Development: Lindiwe Zulu

Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture: Nathi Mthethwa

Minister of State Security: Ayanda Dlodlo

Minister of Tourism: Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane

Minister of Trade and Industry: Ebrahim Patel

Minister of Transport: Fikile Mbalula

Cabinet announcement – shocks and shuffles

One name that pops out immediately there is Patricia de Lille, who has managed to bag herself a role as the Public Works and Infrastructure Minister. It’s not clear how this will impact her work with the Good Party.

Meanwhile, Fikile Mbalula makes a return to the cabinet as Transport Minister, whereas Jackson Mthembu swaps the party whip for the role of Presidential Minister. Pravin Gordhan remains in his position, but Bathabile Dlamini has been booted out of office. A “new dawn” indeed…

That’s a wrap!

With South Africa’s sixth democratic parliament – both the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) – officially sworn-in and the inauguration complete, the ministerial resolution completes the trinity of state.

The final process was not, however, free of controversy. Widespread speculation, emboldened by claims of ‘leaked lists’ and spurious social media sleuthing, shrouded the impending announcement in uneasiness. Delays in the swearing-in of David Mabuza, who served as the deputy to both Ramaphosa and the nation prior to the electoral outing, did little to allay the dread.

Other African National Congress (ANC) cadres, who previously held ministerial positions under Ramaphosa’s reign, also got chopped from parliament. To top it all off, Pravin Gordhan – who has long been referred to as Ramaphosa’s right-hand man – was blasted by a Public Protector and, subsequently, came under scrutiny from the ANC’s electoral commission.

With the preceding discomfort and uncertainty now behind Ramaphosa, his cohorts and the nation, a new era of statesmanship emerges. This process of rejuvenation, both within the ruling party and South Africa, is expected to be fraught with similar feelings of discomposure as the ever-present plague of political factionalism threatens to manifest in the most tangible of manners.