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New Cabinet ready to crack the whip

One by one, the country’s new­ly appoint­ed 28 Min­is­ters and 34 Deputy Min­is­ters vowed to respect­ful­ly serve the coun­try as the sixth admin­is­tra­tion was sworn into office.

Hav­ing announced the Cab­i­net on Wednes­day evening, Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa watched on as the new mem­bers of the exec­u­tive took their oaths of office in a cer­e­mo­ny presided by Chief Jus­tice Mogo­eng Mogo­eng on Thurs­day after­noon.

The incom­ing Min­is­ters and Deputy Min­is­ters are part of a new Cab­i­net that for the first time fea­tures a 50/50 gen­der rep­re­sen­ta­tion and youth­ful faces.

The Pres­i­dent on Wednes­day announced that fol­low­ing a recon­fig­u­ra­tion process, the num­ber of min­istries would be reduced as gov­ern­ment sought to cur­tail excess expen­di­ture.

The recon­fig­ured nation­al gov­ern­ment is expect­ed to help the sixth admin­is­tra­tion achieve the desires of South Africans.

Begin­ning pro­ceed­ings at the swear­ing in cer­e­mo­ny, Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa said he was appoint­ing Deputy Pres­i­dent David Mabuza and the rest of the Cab­i­net in terms of the pow­ers vest­ed in him by the country’s Con­sti­tu­tion.

Among the new Min­is­ters are Jus­tice and Cor­rec­tion­al Ser­vices Min­is­ter Ronald Lam­o­la, Pub­lic Ser­vice and Admin­is­tra­tion Min­is­ter Sen­zo Mchunu, Pub­lic Works and Infra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Patri­cia De Lille and Small Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Khum­bud­zo Ntshavheni. Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­den­cy Jack­son Mthem­bu and Bar­bra Creecy were also among those sworn into office for the first time.

Speak­ing after her swear­ing-in, De Lille said she could not wait to start her new role, adding that she would do her best.

“I will put in my all like I’ve done in all my tasks before. When the Pres­i­dent called me and asked me to do this task, I felt I must say yes because he is inspir­ing the nation with hope and if you are called upon to do your con­tri­bu­tion, you must do so,” she said, adding that she is itch­ing to start in the Min­istry.

Lam­o­la said he was hum­bled by the respon­si­bil­i­ty giv­en to him by Pres­i­dent Ramaphosa, say­ing he was ready to con­tribute to the cre­ation of a non-racial, non-sex­ist and a just jus­tice sys­tem.

Lam­o­la, who has 10 years’ expe­ri­ence in the legal field, said the enti­ties in the min­istry have a respon­si­bil­i­ty that is clear­ly defined in the Con­sti­tu­tion, which includes “inves­ti­gat­ing with­out fear or favour, pros­e­cut­ing with­out fear or favour”.

Incom­ing Finance Deputy Min­is­ter David Mason­do said the pri­or­i­ty for gov­ern­ment is to make sure that the country’s econ­o­my grows.

Para­mount to this, he said, is to make sure that invest­ment is attract­ed. He said he would con­tribute towards achiev­ing this goal.

“As gov­ern­ment, we’ll be work­ing to attract invest­ment, local­ly and inter­na­tion­al­ly. Invest­ment is impor­tant because through invest­ment, we will be in a bet­ter posi­tion to cre­ate jobs to lay a basis for a tax rev­enue. We can only get a tax rev­enue from cor­po­rate tax and income tax, and you can only do that when peo­ple are invest­ing in the econ­o­my,” he said. —

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