Ramaphosa’s massive cabinet reshuffle


Article written by Business Tech.

Newly-elected President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced his new cabinet in a press briefing on Monday evening.

In his late-night reshuffle, Ramaphosa said that government will retain its existing ministries and departments until a review is made at a later date.

However, he still made a number of significant changes, notably the announcement of David Mabuza as Deputy-President, the reshuffling of Malusi Gigaba as Finance Minister, and the re-introduction of Pravin Gordhan into cabinet.

Nhlanhla Nene was re-appointed as Finance Minister, marking a dramatic comeback after being sacked by former President Jacob Zuma in 2015.

The shakeup comes 11 days after Ramaphosa was elected president, replacing Zuma, who was forced to resign amid pressure from the ANC.

Nene served as Deputy Finance Minister before taking over the post of Finance Chief from Pravin Gordhan in 2014 and won the respect of investors before his firing.

Since then he’s taken up a position on the board of Fund Manager Allan Gray, become an adviser to Thebe Investment and served as temporary head of the University of Witwatersrand’s Business School, Bloomberg reported.

Nene will spearhead efforts to revive an economy that only grew about 1% last year, drive down a 27% unemployment rate and rebuild investor confidence that was badly damaged during Zuma’s scandal-marred nine-year tenure.

“The reappointment of Nhlanhla Nene is a positive step in rebuilding South Africa’s fiscal credibility,” Andrew Canter, Chief Investment Officer at Futuregrowth Asset Management told Bloomberg.

“Ultimately, South Africa’s renewal lies in the ability get economic growth and opportunity back on track.”

Gordhan was named as Minister of Public Enterprises, Gigaba returned to his former post of Minister of Home Affairs, while Lindiwe Sisulu will become Foreign Minister.

This is the list of Ramaphosa’s new cabinet members:


Shuffled In

Shuffled Out

Deputy President

David Mabuza

Minister of Finance

Nhlanhla Nene

Malusi Gigaba

Deputy Minister of Finance

Mondli Gungubele

Sifiso Buthelezi

Minister of Energy

Jeff Radebe

David Mahlobo

Minister of State Security

Dipuo Letsatsi Duba

Bongani Bongo

Minister of Public Enterprises

Pravin Gordhan

Lynne Brown

Minister of Home Affairs

Malusi Gigaba

Ayanda Dlodlo

Minister of International Relations

Lindiwe Sisulu

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Minister of Public Works

Thulas Nxesi

Nathi Nhleko

Minister of Water and Sanitation

Gugile Nkwinti

Nomvula Mokonyane

Minister of Transport

Blade Nzimande

Joe Maswanganyi

Minister of Sport

Thoko Xasa

Thulas Nxesi

Minister of Communications

Nomvula Mokonyane

Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane

Deputy Minister of Communications

Pinkie Kekana

Tandi Mahambehlala

Minister of Social Development

Susan Shabangu

Bathabile Dlamini

Minister of Mineral Resources

Gwede Mantashe

Mosebenzi Zwane

Minister of Cooperative Governance

Zweli Mkhize

Des van Rooyen

Minister of Science and Technology

David Mahlobo

Naledi Pandor

Minister of Police

Bheki Cele

Fikile Mbalula

Minister of Higher Education

Naledi Pandor

Hlengiwe Mkhize

Minister of Human Settlements

Nomaindia Mfeketo

Lindiwe Sisulu

Minister of Public Service and Admin

Ayanda Dlodlo

Faith Muthambi

Minister of Rural Development

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Gugule Nkwiti

Minister of Tourism

Derek Hanekom

Thoko Xasa

Minister in the Presidency for Monitoring

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma

Jeff Radebe

Minister of Women and Disability

Bathabile Dlamini

Susan Shabangu