Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa an­nounces changes to Cabi­net

The min­istries of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices into a sin­gle Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

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Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa has started the process of re­align­ing gov­ern­ment, with the “first wave” re­sult­ing in the merger of the min­istries of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices into a sin­gle min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

The Pres­i­dent an­nounced that this sin­gle min­istry will be headed by the new Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Stella Nd­abeni-Abrahams. Prior to be­ing ap­pointed in the po­si­tion, Min­is­ter Nd­abeni-Abrahams was the Deputy Min­is­ter of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and also pre­vi­ously served as the Deputy Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa re­cently an­nounced this and other changes to the Cabi­net, which were oc­ca­sioned by the pass­ing of for­mer En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Edna Molewa and the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Malusi Gi­gaba.

The new ap­point­ments in­clude Dr Siyabonga Cwele as the Min­is­ter of Home Af­fairs and Nomvula Mokonyane as Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs.

Min­is­ter Cwele was pre­vi­ously the Min­is­ter of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices and Min­is­ter Mokonyane pre­vi­ously headed the the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

“In mak­ing th­ese changes, I re­main de­ter­mined that the Cabi­net of our na­tion should have an ap­pro­pri­ate mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and ca­pa­bil­ity as well as gen­der and gen­er­a­tional mix, and that it should have mem­bers who are com­mit­ted to serve and to serve self­lessly.

“I am mind­ful of the need to have a res­o­lute and sta­ble Cabi­net that is able to ef­fec­tively lead the growth, re­newal and trans­for­ma­tion of our econ­omy and our so­ci­ety,” the Pres­i­dent ex­plained.

Elab­o­rat­ing on the de­ci­sion to com­bine the min­istries of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices, he said it is in line with the work un­der­taken in terms of the an­nounce­ment he made dur­ing the State of the Na­tion Ad­dress, re­lated to the re­align­ing of gov­ern­ment.

“This move is go­ing to en­sure that we have bet­ter align­ment and co­or­di­na­tion on mat­ters that are crit­i­cal to the fu­ture of our econ­omy in the con­text of the Fourth In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion.

“The two de­part­ments that will re­port to the new min­istry – namely, the De­part­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the De­part­ment of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices – will re­main as sep­a­rate de­part­ments un­til the end of the fifth ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa added that the work look­ing into the re­align­ment of gov­ern­ment is on­go­ing.

“In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the 6th demo­cratic ad­min­is­tra­tion we will have com­pleted this work and when we have com­pleted it, we will make a more com­pre­hen­sive an­nounce­ment on how we would have realigned gov­ern­ment,” he said.

“The merg­ing of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices is the first wave, but it is also to help with the re­align­ment process which we need right now in or­der to put into ef­fect the trans­for­ma­tion that we are ef­fect­ing with re­gards to eco­nomic man­age­ment,” ex­plained the Pres­i­dent.

Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa also an­nounced the res­ig­na­tion of the Deputy Min­is­ter of En­ergy, Thembi Ma­jola, with ef­fect from 1 Jan­uary 2019, to at­tend to fam­ily com­mit­ments.

Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa an­nounces the merger of the min­istries of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions and Postal Ser­vices into a sin­gle min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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