South African President, Cyril Ramophosa has announced the formation of his new cabinet barely four days after being inaugurated for his first full term in office.
Ramaphosa took over from troubled Jacob Zuma last year and earlier this month led the ruling ANC to get another victory at the polls.
Ramaphosa has announced the composition of the national executive at the Union Buildings where he revealed that the number of Cabinet portfolios has been trimmed down from 36 to 28.
What however has continued to excite many is the gender balance in the list. Of the 28 ministers, both genders have equal representation in what appears to be a first of its kind in this part of the world.
Here is a full list of South Africa’s new ministers:
- Agriculture, land reform and rural development – Thiko Didiza
- Basic education – Angie Motsheggka
- Communications and telecommunications – Stella Ndabeni Abrahams
- Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma
- Defense – Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula
- Environmental affairs and forestry & fisheries – Babara Creasy Maggie Sotyu
- Employment and labour – Thulas Nxese
- Health – Dr Zweli Mkhize and Joe Phaala
- Science & technology and higher education & training – Blade Nzimande
- Home affairs – Aaron Motsoalied
- Human settlements, water and sanitation – Lindiwe Sisulu
- Internal relations and cooperation – Naledi Pandor
- Correctional services – Ronald Lamola
- Mineral resources and energy – Gwede Mantashe
- Police – General Bheki Cele
- Minister within the presidency – Jackson Mthembu
- Minister for Women in the presidency – Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
- Public enterprises – Pravin Gordhan
- Public service – Senzo Mchunu
- Public works – Patricia De Lille
- Small business development – Mkhumbuzo Nchabeni
- Social development – Lindiwe Zulu
- Sports, arts & culture – Nathi Mthethwa
- State security – Ayanda Dlodlo
- Tourism – Nkhensani Kubayi
- Tradi and industry – Ibrahim Patel
- Transport – Fikile Mbalula
- Finance – Tito Mboweni