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South Africa: Ramaphosa reshuffles cabinet

South Africa: Ramaphosa reshuffles cabinet


New South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced his cabinet, making substantial changes to ministerial positions.

Ramaphosa retained several ministers appointed by Zuma but demoted some of them from key government departments.

“In making these changes, I have been conscious of the need to balance continuity and stability with the need for renewal, economic recovery and accelerated transformation,” Ramaphosa said in a brief speech.

He reappointed Nhlanhla Nene as finance minister, reversing his sacking by the former President Jacob Zuma. Zuma fired Nene in 2015 replacing him with unknown parliamentary backbencher Des van Rooyen. He was then forced to sack van Rooyen and reappoint a previous finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, four days later after the rand collapsed.

ANC deputy president David Mabuza was named Deputy President of South Africa.

Gordhan, who was fired by Zuma last March, was also reappointed to the cabinet, handed the key public enterprises department, which oversees around 300 state-owned firms, including loss-making South African Airways and cash-strapped power utility Eskom.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who narrowly lost to Ramaphosa in an ANC leadership election in December, was named as minister in the presidency responsible for planning and monitoring.

Mr Zuma’s nine-year tenure as president was dogged by corruption allegations, while the country struggled with ballooning national debt and high levels of unemployment.

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