President Zuma announces changes to the National Executive 10

31 October 2010

Ladies and gentlemen of the media,
Fellow South Africans,

Today marks the beginning of the CAF African Women’s Championship hosted by our country, featuring eight of the best African women’s soccer teams. We congratulate Banyana Banyana on winning their first game in this competition today, in Daveyton where they played against Tanzania.
This is a good start and we trust that it signals greater achievements for our team in this tournament.

We have spent 17 months in government since the inauguration of the President of the Republic and the appointment of the National Executive. We have completed the process of the reconfiguration of government, and that of putting in place systems that will help us change the way government works in order to improve service delivery.

During this period, we also had time to study the functioning of the current administration in order to ascertain what works and what needs to be changed or strengthened. We are guided by the mission of our government, which is to improve the quality of life of all South Africans especially the poor, working with all our people.

Access to basic services is still as important as it was when we attained our freedom in 1994.

Given the fact that we still face serious challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country, government has to work at a faster pace to change the lives of the poor.

Our people need to see a visible improvement in the delivery of water, electricity, health care, education, social security, civic services, safety and security and a host of other basic needs.

We have the resources, including skilled and experienced senior staff, who have to ensure that these services reach our people, under the leadership of their Ministers and Deputy Ministers.

We reiterate that we need a national executive and public service that knows where our people live, who fully understand the needs of our people and what we are trying to achieve.

We have taken a long and hard look at some of the departments with a view to strengthening some Ministries. We have noted that a few of them require the addition of Deputy Ministries to assist Ministers in carrying out their responsibilities.

Education is a top priority of this government. We have seen it prudent to strengthen the skills and human resource development sector by appointing a Deputy Minister to assist the Minister of Higher Education and Training, given the size of the portfolio.

The Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration Ministry also has an expansive mandate which includes performance monitoring and evaluation, youth development, government communications and marketing as well as general administration in the Presidency.

A Deputy Minister is being appointed to assist the Minister to manage this over-arching portfolio.

We have mentioned before the intention to electrify at least one hundred and fifty homes each year in the country. As of 31 March 2010, the total number of households still awaiting electricity, including informal settlements, was estimated at more than three million.

In addition, we have to ensure security of supply in our oil and gas sector. This busy and strategic Ministry will also now have a Deputy Minister.

The mining industry has been the foundation of economic development in South Africa for well over a century. In 2009, the mining industry contributed more than thirty percent to the country’s total export revenue, and employed two point nine percent of the country’s economically active population.

The Mineral Resources Ministry will be expanded with the addition of a Deputy Ministry to enable it to take forward its responsibilities.


After careful consideration, I have decided to make the following appointments of Ministers and Deputy Ministers, in no specific order:


Minister: Mr Radhakrishna “Roy” Padayachie

Deputy Minister: Mr Obed Bapela.

Social Development

Minister: Ms Bathabile Dlamini

Deputy Minister: Ms Maria Ntuli

Public Entreprises:

Minister: Mr Malusi Gigaba

Deputy Minister: Mr Benedict “Ben” Martins

Arts and Culture

Minister: Mr Paul Mashatile

Deputy Minister: Dr Joseph Phaahla

Public Works:

Minister: Ms Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde

Water and Environmental Affairs:

Minister: Ms Edna Molewa

Women, Children and Persons with Disability:

Minister: Ms Lulu Xingwana

Sports and Recreation

Minister: Mr Fikile Mbalula

Presidency: Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration:

Deputy Minister: Ms Dina Deliwe Pule

Correctional services:

Deputy Minister, Adv Ngoako Ramathlodi

Trade and Industry:

Deputy Minister: Ms Elizabeth Thabethe

Economic Development

Deputy Minister: Mr Enoch Godongwana


Deputy Minister: Ms Barbara Thompson


Deputy Minister: Dr Gwen Ramokgopa

Higher Education:

Deputy Minister: Ms Hlengiwe Mkhize

Home Affairs:

Deputy Minister: Ms Fatima Chohan


Minister: Ms Mildred Oliphant

Mineral Resources:

Deputy Minister: Godfrey Oliphant


Deputy Minister: Makhotso Magdeline Sotyu

International Relations and Cooperation

Deputy Minister: Mr Marius Fransman

Public Service and Administration:

Deputy Minister: Ms Ayanda Dlodlo

Rural Development and Land Reform

Deputy Minister: Mr Thembelani “Thulas” Nxesi

We extend our gratitude to the outgoing members of Cabinet for their contribution to government and the country.

Some have served in government for many years and we trust that they will still put their expertise at the disposal of the country.

Some of the outgoing members are to be deployed in other tasks in government.

We congratulate the incoming members of Cabinet as well as the Deputy Ministers and wish them well in their new responsibilities.

The new team will be sworn into office tomorrow at 2pm.

I thank you.

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10 thoughts on “President Zuma announces changes to the National Executive

  • Catherine Anne Robertson

    Out with the old and in with the new is not necessarily best practice, depending on who is out and who is now in. Reading the names of those who are now in, I am not filled with confidence! And one of those who was being efficient and performing is now out. Sigh! The political merry-go-round!

  • Des Squire

    Mnikeli Nkukwana hits the nail on the head. Time will tell but my personal expectations are very low.
    Until there is a defined policy and specified action on fraud and corruption the president can make all the changes he likes – nothing will change. We need to see some prosecutions, we need to see some results, we need to see some specific plans and to be told how things will be done and not what will be done. Empty promises is all we can really relate to so far.

  • Nozipho Gloria Sithole

    This too me means very little, until there is a system where ministers can give account for the work that they have done for the bonuses and the lavished lifestyle they live, its just another exercise to move the pie to others, our minsters have no accountability structures that will render them accountable should they fail to deliver, they chow our tax money and move on to better deals that they have secured by having the power that they had. i think that they should be paid on performance basis. but it isnt so, i have very little faith in them.

  • Pieter Staal

    Sorry but I remain sceptical. Change is good, yes. However I concur with Chris Reay – what are their credentials and can I believe they will make a difference and will GOVRNMENT actually support them. Pity that a minister such as Ms Hogan, speaks out and gets chopped!

  • Bernadette Perumal

    Well done Mr President. All we need is a DG in education that understand skills development, At the moment higher Education has failed us. Take a look at labour and use the people who has the skill and the knowledge to implement effective change in the labour and unemployment market. Lets hope we don’t get Jimmy back. He has a dark cloud on his shoulder. what he knows about labour is dangerous and the errors that he made. Lets get it right and lead our beloved country into prosperity

  • Chris Reay

    It should be due process that the CVs of Ministers and Deputy Ministers be provided to the public. How else do we judge the skills and experience of these appointments? For example, we have had Ministers of Water Affairs who appear to have no grasp of the dire state of water in SA, and who resort to defensive and totally inaccurate spin when confronted with the realities, as so well potrayed by the Carte Blanche programmes. Overall I have very little faith in the basis that Ministers are selected through the very evident, continuous lack of delivery and achievement of stated objectives. It remains to be seen whether the new lot are simply a replay of normal ANC musical chairs game.

  • trevorshezi

    For this country to move forward it is good to have leadership which is not afraid to make decisions which sometimes makes you unpopular.It is always good to make changes where there is failure in service delivery.Mr President you are on the right track.Perfomance must supercede polical affiliation and friendship.In this young democracy we cannot afford poor perfomance at all levels both in public and private sectors.

  • Tebho Lennox Nkosi

    I salute you Mr President for acknowledging the problem areas that needs hands on immediately by placing new ministers and appoint deputy ministers where it is necessary. We also have to thank those replaced members who have serve in their portfolios for a long time. Mr Mdladlana for instance, he has been at Labour for too long assisted in creating SETA’s and never ignored the working class or those who lost their jobs because of global economical change by making sure that Skills Development is not only for FET’s and Universities but is for positive contribution into the labour market. We salute you Mr President. Word of advice for the Higher Education Department. We are a young country to ignore skilling of the nation by turning our backs from people beyond 35years as they are the fathers of the youth which is at FET’s and Universities. The Department needs to continue funding the Training of the Unemployed like it used to. Mr President please continue to correct what is not right in your cabinet. THANK YOU!

  • Sam Tsima

    We thank the leadership of our country for continuing to strive to position our Human Capital resources wwhere it can serve the country better. May we all wish the incoming ministers and deputy-ministers good luck in their new roles, and moreso support them in their effort to deliver to the people of this country.