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President Cyril Ramaphosa Supplied President Cyril Ramaphosa

Number of ministers reduced from 36 to 28

May 30, 2019

Tankiso Moshoeshoe

Pretoria, South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa made history last night as he announced the new South African Cabinet of ministers. Ramaphosa further annouced he has reduced the number of Ministers from 36 to 28 by combining a number of portfolios.

For the first time in the history of our country, half of all ministers are women, and a significant number of young people have been included in the cabinet.

“This is in fulfillment of our commitment to giving young people roles of responsibility in all sectors of society. This is part of a generational transition in which we are creating a pipeline of leaders to take our country further into the future” said Ramaphosa.

The president took several considerations into account, including experience, continuity, competence, generational mix and demographic and regional diversity, to create an inclusive economic growth, that will act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, fight corruption and end state capture.

Ramaphosa explained that It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources in order to promote greater coherence, better coordination and improved efficiency.

 Trade and Industry is combined with Economic Development, Higher Education and Training is combined with Science and Technology, Environmental Affairs is combined with Forestry and Fisheries, Agriculture is combined with Land Reform and Rural Development, Mineral Resources is combined with Energy, Human Settlements is combined with Water and Sanitation, Sports and Recreation is combined with Arts and Culture, Communications and Telecommunications and Postal Services had already been combined.

These men and women we have appointed to the executive are drawn from all corners of our country.

§  The Deputy President is David Mabuza.

§  The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development are Thoko Didiza.

§  The Deputy Ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.

§  The Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.

§  The Deputy Minister is Dr. Regina Mhaule.

§  The Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

§  The Deputy Minister is Pinky Kekana.

§  The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs- Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

§  The Deputy Ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.

§  The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

§  The Deputy Minister is Thabang Makwetla.

§  The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Fisheries -Barbara Creecy.

§  The Deputy Minister- Maggie Sotyu.

§  The Minister of Employment and Labour- Thulas Nxesi.

§  The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.

§  The Minister of Finance is Tito Mboweni.           

§  The Deputy Minister is Dr. David Masondo.

§  The Minister of Health is Dr. Zwelini Mkhize.

§  The Deputy Minister is Dr. Joe Phaahla.

§  The Minister of Higher Education, Science, and Technology- Dr. Blade Nzimande.

§  The Deputy Minister is Buti Manamela.

§  The Minister of Home Affairs is Dr. Aaron Motsoaledi.

§  The Deputy Minister- Njabulo Nzuza.

§  The Minister of Human Settlements, Water, and Sanitation - Lindiwe Sisulu.

§  The Deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.

§  The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation -Dr. Naledi Pandor.

§  The Deputy Ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

§  The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Ronald Lamola.

§  The Deputy Ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.

§  The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy is Gwede Mantashe.

§  The Deputy Minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.

§  The Minister of Police is General Bheki Cele.

§  The Deputy Minister is Cassel Mathale.

§  The Minister in the The presidency is Jackson Mthembu.

§  The Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Thembi Siweya.

§  The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth, and Persons with Disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

§  The Deputy Minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.

§  The Minister of Public Enterprises - Pravin Gordhan.

§  The Deputy Minister - Phumulo Masualle.

§  The Minister of Public Service and Administration- Senzo Mchunu.

§  The Deputy Minister - Sindy Chikunga.

§  The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure -Patricia De Lille.

§  The Deputy Minister - Noxolo Kiviet.

§  The Minister of Small Business Development - Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

§  The Deputy Minister - Rosemary Capa.

§  The Minister of Social Development -Lindiwe Zulu.

§  The Deputy Minister - Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.

§  The Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture - Nathi Mthethwa.

§  The Deputy Minister - Nocawe Mafu.

§  The Minister of State Security -Ayanda Dlodlo.

§  The Deputy Minister - Zizi Kodwa.

§  The Minister of Tourism - Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane.

§  The Deputy Minister- Fish Mahlalela.

§  The Minister of Trade and Industry - Ebrahim Patel.

§  The Deputy Ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.

§  The Minister of Transport - Fikile Mbalula.

§  The Deputy Minister - Dikeledi Magadzi.


The president further expressed his appreciation to all those outgoing members of the Executive who served the country so ably in the Fifth Administration and showed his gratitude to all the Members of the incoming Executive for making themselves available to serve the nation.