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President Ramaphosa Unveils New Cabinet Amid Historic Political Shift

President Ramaphosa's announcement of a new cabinet marks a significant moment in South Africa's political landscape.

After nearly two weeks of intense negotiations, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the composition of the Seventh administration’s National Executive on June 30, 2024.

This announcement came 11 days after his inauguration on June 19, marking the longest period taken by a newly sworn-in President to form a Cabinet. Ramaphosa emphasized that the delay was necessary to ensure the stability of the Cabinet and to create a team best suited to serve the country.

A Historic Political Landscape

A Shift in Power Dynamics

For the first time in South Africa’s democratic history, no single party obtained an outright majority in the general elections, with the African National Congress (ANC) securing only around 40% of the vote.

This unprecedented situation led to the formation of a co-governing agreement known as the Government of National Unity (GNU), involving 11 political parties represented in the National Assembly. Ramaphosa had to balance the interests of the ANC, its alliance partners, and members of the GNU in constituting his Cabinet.

Cabinet Reconfiguration

New Ministry Structures

Due to the necessity of accommodating multiple parties, Ramaphosa reconfigured the Cabinet without reducing its size. The new structure includes the following changes:

  • Merging of the Ministries of Electricity and Energy.
  • Separate Ministries for Minerals and Petroleum Resources.
  • Separation of the Ministry of Agriculture from Land Reform and Rural Development.
  • Distinct Ministries for Higher Education and Science, Technology and Innovation.
  • Splitting the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Development from Correctional Services.
  • Dissolution of the Ministry of Public Enterprises.

The new Cabinet now comprises 32 ministries.

Representation in the New Cabinet

Diverse Political Representation

The following political parties are represented in the Cabinet as ministers:

  • African National Congress (ANC)
  • Democratic Alliance (DA)
  • Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)
  • Patriotic Alliance (PA)
  • Freedom Front Plus (FF+)
  • Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)
  • GOOD

Key Appointments and Changes

Ministerial Appointments

Here are some notable changes in ministerial positions:

Ministry6th Administration7th Administration
Deputy PresidentPaul Mashatile (ANC)Paul Mashatile (ANC)
Electricity and EnergyKgosientsho Ramokgopa (ANC) and Gwede Mantashe (ANC)Kgosientsho Ramokgopa (ANC)
Presidency: Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationMaropene Ramokgopa (ANC)Maropene Ramokgopa (ANC)
Minister in the PresidencyKhumbudzo Ntshavheni (ANC)Khumbudzo Ntshavheni (ANC)
Women, Youth, and Persons with DisabilitiesNkosazana Dlamini-Zuma (ANC)Sindisiwe Chikunga (ANC)
AgricultureThoko Didiza (ANC)John Steenhuisen (DA)
Land Reform and Rural DevelopmentThoko Didiza (ANC)Mzwanele Nyhontso (PAC)
Basic EducationAngie Motshekga (ANC)Siviwe Gwarube (DA)
Communications and Digital TechnologiesMondli Gungubele (ANC)Solly Malatsi (DA)
Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsThembi Nkadimeng (ANC)Velenkhosi Hlabisa (IFP)
Defence and Military VeteransThandi Modise (ANC)Angie Motshekga (ANC)
Employment and LabourThulas Nxesi (ANC)Nomakhosazana Meth (ANC)
Forestry, Fisheries and EnvironmentBarbara Creecy (ANC)Dion George (DA)
FinanceEnoch Godongwana (ANC)Enoch Godongwana (ANC)
HealthJoe Phaahla (ANC)Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi (ANC)
Science, Technology and InnovationBlade Nzimande (SACP/ANC)Blade Nzimande (SACP/ANC)
Higher EducationBlade Nzimande (SACP/ANC)Nobuhle Nkabane (ANC)
Home AffairsAaron Motsoaledi (ANC)Leon Schreiber (DA)
Human SettlementsMmamoloko Kubayi (ANC)Mmamoloko Kubayi (ANC)
International Relations and CooperationNaledi Pandor (ANC)Ronald Lamola (ANC)
Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentRonald Lamola (ANC)Thembi Nkadimeng (ANC)
Correctional ServicesRonald Lamola (ANC)Dr. Pieter Groenewald (FF+)
Mineral and Petroleum ResourcesGwede Mantashe (ANC)Gwede Mantashe (ANC)
PoliceBheki Cele (ANC)Senzo Mchunu (ANC)
Public EnterprisesPravin Gordhan (ANC)N/A
Public Service and AdministrationNoxolo Kiviet (ANC)Inkosi Mzamo Buthelezi (IFP)
Public Works and InfrastructureSihle Zikalala (ANC)Dean Macpherson (DA)
Small Business DevelopmentStella Ndabeni-Abrahams (ANC)Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (ANC)
Social DevelopmentLindiwe Zulu (ANC)Sisisi Tolashe (ANC)
Sports, Arts, and CultureZizi Kodwa (Resigned) (ANC)Gayton Mackenzie (PA)
TourismPatricia de Lille (GOOD)Patricia de Lille (GOOD)
Trade, Industry and CompetitionEbrahim Patel (ANC)Parks Tau (ANC)
TransportSindisiwe Chikunga (ANC)Barbara Creecy (ANC)
Water and SanitationSenzo Mchunu (ANC)Pemmy Majodina (ANC)

Deputy Ministers

Supporting Roles

Deputy ministers, appointed by the President, assist the cabinet ministers but are not members of the Cabinet. The new deputy ministerial appointments include representatives from ANC, DA, IFP, Al Jama-ah, and UDM. Key changes include:

Deputy Ministry Position6th Administration7th Administration
The PresidencyNomasonto Motaung (ANC) & Kenneth Morolong (ANC)Nonceba Mhlauli (ANC) & Kenneth Morolong (ANC)
Women, Youth, and Persons with DisabilitiesSisisi Tolashe (ANC)Mmapaseka Steve Letsike (ANC)
Electricity and EnergyN/ASamantha Graham (DA)
AgricultureRosemary Capa (ANC)Rosemary Nokuzola Capa (ANC)
Basic EducationReginah Mhaule (ANC)Reginah Mhaule (ANC)
Communications and Digital TechnologiesPhilly Mapulane (ANC)Mondli Gungubele (ANC)
Cooperative Governance and Traditional AffairsParks Tau (ANC) & Zolile Burns-Ncamashe (ANC)Dickson Masemola (ANC) & Zolile Burns‐Ncamashe (ANC)
Correctional ServicesPatekile Holomisa (ANC)Lindiwe Ntshalintshali (ANC)
Defence and Military VeteransThabang Makwetla (ANC)Bantu Holomisa (UDM) & Richard Mkhungo (ANC)
Employment and LabourBoitumelo Moloi (ANC)Jomo Sibiya (ANC) & Phumzile Mgcina (ANC)
Environment, Forestry, and FisheriesMaggie Sotyu (ANC)Narend Singh (IFP) & Bernice Swarts (ANC)
FinanceDavid Masondo (ANC)David Masondo (ANC) & Ashor Sarupen (DA)
HealthSibongiseni Dhlomo (ANC)Joe Phaahla (ANC)
Science, Technology and InnovationButi Manamela (ANC)Nomalungelo Gina (ANC)
Higher EducationButi Manamela (ANC)Buti Manamela (ANC) & Mimmy Gondwe (DA)
Home AffairsNjabulo Nzuza (ANC)Njabulo Nzuza (ANC)
Human SettlementsPam Tshwete (ANC)Tandi Mahambehlala (ANC)
International Relations and CooperationCandith Mashego-Dlamini (ANC) & Alvin Botes (ANC)Alvin Botes (ANC) & Tandi Moraka (ANC)
Justice and Constitutional DevelopmentJohn Jeffery (ANC)Andries Nel (ANC)
Land ReformMcebisi Skwatsha (ANC)Chupu Stanley Mathabatha (ANC)
Mineral and Petroleum ResourcesNobuhle Nkabane (ANC)Judith Nemadzinga‐Tshabalala (ANC)
PoliceCassel Mathale (ANC)Polly Boshielo (ANC) & Cassel Mathale (ANC)
Public EnterprisesObed Bapela (ANC)N/A
Planning, Monitoring and EvaluationN/AJudith Nemadzinga‐Tshabalala (ANC)
Public Service and AdministrationChana Pilane-Majake (ANC)Pinky Kekana (ANC)
Public Works and InfrastructureBernice Swarts (ANC)Sihle Zikalala (ANC)
Small Business DevelopmentDipuo Peters (Suspended) (ANC)Jane Sithole (DA)
Social DevelopmentHendrietta Bogopane-Zulu (ANC)Ganief Hendricks (Al Jama-ah)
Sports, Arts, and CultureNocawe Mafu (ANC)Peace Mabe (ANC)
TourismAmos Fish Mahlalela (ANC)Maggie Sotyu (ANC)
Trade, Industry, and CompetitionFikile Majola (ANC) & Nomalungelo Gina (ANC)Zuko Godlimpi (ANC) & Andrew Whitfield (DA)
TransportLisa Mangcu (ANC)Mkhuleko Hlengwa (IFP)
Water and SanitationDavid Mahlobo (ANC) & Judith Tshabalala (ANC)David Mahlobo (ANC) & Isaac Seitlholo (DA)

Navigating a New Political Era

President Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet reflects the changing political landscape of South Africa, characterized by coalition governance and a reconfigured ministerial structure.

The inclusion of diverse political parties in the Cabinet aims to stabilize and effectively govern the country amidst a historic shift in power dynamics. This administration faces the challenge of balancing various political interests while addressing the critical needs of the nation.

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