Tina Joemat-Pettersson
President Jacob Zuma announced a Cabinet reshuffle just before midnight on Thursday, replacing the Minister of Energy and other key positions.
Newly identified energy minister, Mmamoloko Kubayi. Image credit: iKNOW Politics

Many South African’s are stunned at the President’s bold reshuffle of Cabinet last night – among the 20 position changes – some being axed and others shifted to different portfolios –  energy minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson got the boot.

The announcement identifies MP Mmamoloko Kubayi to replace energy minister Joemat-Pettersson.

Joemat-Pettersson has been active in her role for the past two years (May 2014-March 2017).

If there wasn’t enough before this latest Cabinet reshuffle, there is much uncertainty around the proposed new nuclear build and how it may pan out for the country. Read more…

President to receive backlash on move

Having officially dropped former finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his deputy Mcebesi Jonas, a move that has been under much scrutiny of late, the country’s investor confidence could see a turn for the worse.

President Jacob Zuma replaced Gordhan with Malusi Gigaba – who has served as Home Affairs Minister since May 2014, previously holding the post of Public Enterprises Minister in 2010 – and his deputy with Sifiso Buthelezi.

Zuma said in an official briefing just before midnight last night: “I have decided to make changes to the National Executive in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

“The changes bring some younger MPs and women into the National Executive in order to benefit from their energy, experience and expertise.”

The President added: “I have directed the new Ministers and Deputy Ministers to work tirelessly with their colleagues to bring about radical socio-economic transformation and to ensure that the promise of a better life for the poor and the working class becomes a reality.”

 

 

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