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Is this Ramaphosa’s future Cabinet?

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CAPE TOWN — There’s some real excitement at the prospects of a reformed cabinet under incoming President Cyril Ramaphosa. Just the mention of names like Pravin Gordhan and Naledi Pandor in an allegedly leaked list of Cabinet nominees – and the absence of some seriously corrupt current wreckers – is enough to get the rand into the starting blocks. Here Donwald Pressly uses his long-standing contacts and inside sources in national politics to construct a fascinating glimpse of what might happen under Cyril Ramaphosa. Just how quickly a reformed cabinet is appointed of course depends on the former trade union and corporate executive guru’s adroitness in managing the existing political mix to get the troublesome incumbent out. He’ll be helped by a potent mix of legal rulings that render his adversary more vulnerable than he’s ever been, and hindered by the very glue that has held the ANC together; the compromised evenly-split NEC and top six. But we have a new national boss on the wing and that’s pretty damn uplifting. – Chris Bateman


Here is the full circulated list:

President – Cyril Ramaphosa (currently Deputy President)


Deputy President – David Mabuza (Mpumalanga Premier and now ANC deputy president)


Minister in the Presidency – Joel Netshiaatenze (former government spokesman under President Thabo Mbeki)


Women – Baleka Mbete (currently Speaker)


Agriculture – Thulas Nxesi


Arts & Culture – Dipuo Letsatsi Duba


Basic Education – Angie Motshekga


Higher Education + Training – Blade Nzimande


Communications – Jackson Mthembu


Cooperative Governance -Mondli Gungubela


Defence & Mil Veterans – Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula / Thabang Makwetla


Economic Development – Enoch Godongwane


Energy – Senzo Mchunu/ Dikeledi Magadzi (depending on the SG issue)


Environmental Affairs – David Mahlobo


Finance – Zweli Mkhize


Health – Aaron Motsoaledi


Home Affairs – Malusi Gigaba


Human Settlements – Kenny Moimang


International Relations – Lindiwe Sisulu


Justice – Mathole Motshekga/ Andries Nel


Labour – Thandi Modise


Mineral Resources – Ebrahim Rasool


Police – Jeff Radebe


Public Enterprises – Pravin Gordhan (former Finance Minister)


Public Services – Ayanda Dlodlo


Public Works – Thoko Didiza


Rural Development – Gugile Nkwinti


Science & Technology – Naledi Pandor


Small Business Development – Lindiwe Zulu


Social Development – Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma


Sport & Recreation – Fikile Mbalula


State Security – Bheki Cele


Telecommunications – Stella Ndabeni Abrahams


Tourism – Derek Hanekom


Trade & Industry – Rob Davies


Transport – Ebrahim Patel


Water and Sanitation – Lulu Johnson

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