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In the latest cabinet meeting held on 13 January, ministers discussed the state of South Africa's economy and funding for universities. It indicated that dealing with these challenges appropriately can bring great opportunities for the country.
The first lekgotla (special meeting) of South Africa's newly appointed Cabinet got under way in Pretoria on Tuesday, bringing together ministers, provincial premiers and other senior officials to map out the government's programme of action for the year.
The increased proportion of female ministers and deputy ministers in President Jacob Zuma's new Cabinet, and the creation of a Ministry of Women in the Presidency, have been welcomed by South Africa's Commission for Gender Equality.
The Cabinet has approved the gazetting of draft technical regulations on shale gas exploration and exploitation by means of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, saying it could provide huge impetus for the industrialisation of South Africa's economy.
The Cabinet began a three-day meeting in Pretoria on Tuesday, with South Africa's economic outlook, and progress on implementing the programmes outlined in President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation address in February, top of the agenda.
South African President Jacob Zuma axed three ministers - including Communications Minister Dina Pule and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale - while making seven changes in the fourth Cabinet shuffle of his first five-year term as president on Tuesday.
The state of South Africa's economy and the implementation of the country's National Development Plan will top the agenda at the special four-day Cabinet meeting which began in Pretoria on Tuesday.
President Jacob Zuma has announced several changes to his Cabinet, with a new minister and deputy for the transport portfolio underlining its importance in South Africa's state-led infrastructure drive.
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 on Monday.
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