Surprises on Ramaphosa’s cabinet

SA's MECs [image: Twitter]

The newly elected cabinet of South Africa was announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday night. There were a number of surprise adjustments made to the previous cabinet that many South Africans are happy to hear about.

The most noticeable adjustment was the reduction in cabinet. It has gone from 36 ministers to 28 ministers and 34 deputies. What this means is that the money that was used to pay the previous large group of cabinet members can now be directed towards other social-economic issues faced by South Africans.

This also meant that a number of departments had to be combined under one minister. The Minster of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande, will now be referred to the Minster of Higher Education, Science and Technology. In addition to this, many ministers have two deputies instead of the standard one to help them fulfill their duties to the best of their abilities.

Furthermore, the cabinet of 2019 is thriving with diversity and inclusivity as 50% of its members are female. Needless to say, South Africans were pleased with the steps that the President is taking to change the country.

With the above in mind, the biggest announcement was the inclusion of leader of GOOD, Patricia de Lille, in President Ramaphosa’s cabinet. After being granted a place in Parliament as a newly established party, GOOD has really made an impact in the South African political sphere. Aunty Pat will now be the Minster of Public Works and Infrastructure.

With all these changes that South Africans have experienced since the 8 May 2019 results were released, we hope that the focus to stabilize the economy of South Africa will be achieved. Especially when we look back 100 days from when President Ramaphosa was sworn inaugurated. More is yet to be shared with people of South Africa at the State of the Nation Address on 20 June 2019.