New ministerial appointments (for my own record)
Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet 10 May 2009http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2009/09051016451001.htmMembers of the media, Good afternoon and thank you for joining us. We have since the launch of the ANC Manifesto indicated the type of new administration we envisaged in terms of size, shape and political focus. We wanted a structure that would enable us to achieve visible and tangible socio-economic development within the next five years. It should be a structure which would enable us to effectively implement our policies. The structure of Cabinet and national departments has therefore been re-organised to achieve better alignment between the structure, our electoral mandate as per our election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that need to receive immediate attention from government. In summary, some of the changes in the structure of government are the following: Following extensive research on international models on how governments in other parts of the world plan and monitor performance, we have decided to establish a National Planning Commission which will be based in the Presidency. The 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. 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 are the following:* 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. The Cabinet that will fulfill our objectives is composed as follows:The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa will be Mr Kgalema Petros Motlanthe. The rest of Cabinet in alphabetical order is as follows: 1. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Tina Joemat-Pettersson Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries - Dr Pieter Mulder2. Minister of Arts and Culture - Lulu Xingwana Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture - Paul Mashatile3. Minister of Basic Education - Angie Motshekga Deputy Minister of Basic Education - Enver Surty4. Minister of Communications - Siphiwe Nyanda Deputy Minister of Communications - Dina Pule5. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Sicelo Shiceka Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs - Yunus Carrim6. Minister of Correctional Services - Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Deputy Minister of Correctional Services - Hlengiwe Mkhize7. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans - Lindiwe Sisulu Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans - Thabang Makwetla8. Minister of Economic Development - Ebrahim Patel Deputy Minister of Economic Development - Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde9. Minister of Energy - Dipuo Peters10. Minister of Finance - Pravin Gordhan Deputy Minister of Finance - Nhlanhla Nene11. Minister of Health - Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Deputy Minister of Health - Dr Molefi Sefularo12. Minister of Higher Education and Training - Dr Blade Nzimande13. Minister of Home Affairs - Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Deputy Minister of Home Affairs - Malusi Gigaba14. Minister of Human Settlements - Tokyo Sexwale Deputy Minister of Human Settlements - Zou Kota15. 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 Merwe16. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development - Jeff Radebe Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development - Andries Nel17. Minister of Labour - Membathisi Mdladlana18. Minister of Mining - Susan Shabangu19. Minister of Police - Nathi Mthethwa Deputy Minister of Police - Fikile Mbalula20. Minister of Public Enterprises - Barbara Hogan Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises - Enoch Godongwana21. Minister for the Public Service and Administration - Richard Baloyi Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration - Roy Padayachie22. Minister of Public Works - Geoff Doidge Deputy Minister of Public Works - Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu23. Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform - Gugile Nkwinti Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform - Dr Joe Phaahla24. Minister of Science and Technology - Naledi Pandor Deputy Minister of Science and Technology - Derek Hanekom25. Minister of Social Development - Edna Molewa Deputy Minister of Social Development - Bathabile Dlamini26. Minister of Sport and Recreation - Makhenkesi Stofile Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation - Gert Oosthuizen27. Minister of State Security - Siyabonga Cwele28. Minister in The Presidency (1) National Planning Commission - Trevor Manuel29. Minister in The Presidency (2) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency - Collins Chabane30. Minister of Tourism - Marthinus van Schalkwyk Deputy Minister of Tourism - Thozile Xasa31. Minister of Trade and Industry - Rob Davies Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (1) - Thandi Tobias Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (2) - Maria Ntuli32. Minister of Transport - Sbusiso Joel Ndebele Deputy Minister of Transport - Jeremy Cronin33. Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs - Buyelwa Sonjica Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs - Rejoice Mabhudafhasi34. Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities - Noluthando Mayende-SibiyaWe stated clearly during the campaign that we want an efficient, caring and effective administration, which will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people. We reiterate that we will not tolerate laziness and incompetence, and that we will emphasise excellence and achievement from the Cabinet and the public service. With these objectives in mind, I am confident that the new structure of government will enable the state machinery to speed up service delivery. Civil servants will not lose their jobs as a result of these changes. This is a matter of principle in terms of the country’s labour relations dispensation. I however 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. I wish the new team all the best with their responsibilities. We request the South African public and all key sectors of our society to support them in their national service.Let me also take this opportunity to wish all South African mothers well on Mother’s Day today. Mothers are the backbones of our families, communities and our nation. We truly appreciate their role in our society, in both the public sphere and within families. I thank you. Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS) 10 May 2009 FIRSTLY: Thank the Heavens above that Ivy Catsepi-Masaburi is gone. BUT: Isn't it ironic that Buyelwa Sonjica who displayed such immense disregard for the environment in her previous post of DME is now the minister of Environment? Where to now Xolobeni?!More anon.