Zuma announces Cabinet reshuffle

24 October 2011

Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka have been replaced in a Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Jacob Zuma.

The Cabinet reshuffle, which sees two ministers being replaced and two new members of Cabinet being brought in, was announced by Zuma during a special press briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday.

Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister Thembelani Nxesi has been appointed as the new Public Works Minister, while current Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi has been appointed as the new Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister.

“Roy Padayachie, the Minister of Communications, is to take over the Public Service and Administration portfolio,” Zuma said.

“Dina Pule, currently the Deputy Minister for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, has been appointed Minister of Communications.”

Deputy Communications Minister Obed Bapela will now be the Deputy Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation. His position in the Communications Department will be taken up by ANC Member of Parliament Thembisa Stella Ndabeni.

“Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu, the Deputy Minister of Public Works, will be the Deputy Minister for Women, Children and Persons with Disability,” Zuma said.

Lechesa Tsenoli, chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on cooperative governance and traditional affairs, has been appointed as Rural Development and Land Reform Deputy Minister.

“I wish all the new ministers and deputy ministers well in their portfolios,” Zuma said. “We also extend our gratitude to the ministers and deputy ministers who have vacated their portfolios, for their contribution to building a better life for all.”

SAinfo reporter

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