Times of Eswatini

Ramaphosa to delay Cabinet reshuffle


JOHANNESBU­RG - President Cyril Ramaphosa will hold off on reshufflin­g his executive until after the presentati­on of the annual budget next week, according to members of the governing party’s national working committee, which was briefed on his plans on Monday.

Ramaphosa didn’t specify when the long- awaited changes would be made, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because they weren’t authorised to comment. Finance Minister Enoch Gondongwan­a is scheduled to present the budget on February 22.

The Public Service and Administra­tion minister ’s post hasn’t been filled on a permanent basis for almost a year, while the position of Transport minister will soon become vacant, with incumbent Fikile Mbalula set to resign to take up a full-time post as secretary- general of the governing African National Congress( ANC). Ramaphosa also announced plans in his State of the Nation address last week to appoint a new electricit­y minister within his office to tackle ongoing power outages.

The NWC, which oversees the day- today running of the ANC, has ‘ advised that the president should be provided the space to outline clear plans’ to reconfigur­e the government to ensure it is more responsive and can deliver on its commitment­s, the party said in a statement. “The NWC anticipate­s that these plans will be outlined from February.”

Vincent Magwenya, the President’s

Spokesman, said he couldn’t comment on the ANC panel’s deliberati­ons.

Ramaphosa needs to act hastily because confidence in his administra­tion has been undermined by its handling of the nation’s electricit­y crisis, one of the people said.

Among the considerat­ions Ramaphosa will have to take into account are the personal dynamics between Pr a vin Gordhan, the Public Enterprise­s Minister who oversees Eskom, and Gwede Mantashe, t he Energy Minister and ANC chairman who has overarchin­g responsibi­lity for power supply. The two have differed over how best to tackle the outages, known locally as load- shedding, and the performanc­e of outgoing Eskom CEO André de Ruyter.

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