Cabinet of South Africa

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The Cabinet of South Africa is the most senior level of the executive branch of the Government of South Africa. It is made up of the President, the Deputy President, and the Ministers.[1]

Composition and Selection[edit]

The Cabinet consists of the President, as head, the Deputy President and ministers.[2] The President appoints the Deputy President, ministers and deputy ministers, assigns their powers and functions, and may dismiss them. The President may select any number of ministers from the members of the National Assembly, and may select no more than two ministers from outside the assembly.

A member of the Cabinet is appointed by the President to be the leader of government business in the National Assembly.[3] That leader is currently Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Members of the Current Cabinet[edit]

On 24 May 2014, Jacob Zuma was inaugurated as the President of the Republic of South Africa for his second term in office. Shortly after, on 25 May 2014, he announced his new cabinet. While some ministers from the previous cabinet have retained their posts, most of the cabinet is made up of either new appointments, or in other cases, previous cabinet ministers have been shifted new portfolios. There are a total of 35 ministerial portfolios in the cabinet.[4]

Portfolio Minister Deputy Minister(s) Department(s)
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma - -
Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa - -
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe - NPC
Minister of Women in the Presidency Susan Shabangu - -
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana Bheki Cele Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa Rejoice Mabudafhasi Arts and Culture, National Archives and Records Service
Basic Education Angie Motshekga Enver Surty Basic Education
Communications Faith Muthambi Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams ICASA, SABC, GCIS, Brand SA, MDDA
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Pravin Gordhan Andries Nel
Obed Bapela
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Kebby Maphatsoe Defence, Military Veterans, Armscor
Economic Development Ebrahim Patel Madala Masuku Economic Development
Energy Tina Joemat-Pettersson Thembi Majola Energy, NECSA
Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa Barbara Thomson Environmental Affairs
Finance Nhlanhla Nene Mcebisi Jonas Treasury, Stats SA
Health Aaron Motsoaledi Joe Phaahla Health
Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande Mduduzi Manana Higher Education and Training, NRF
Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba Fatima Chohan Home Affairs
Human Settlements Lindiwe Sisulu Zoe Kota-Hendricks Human Settlements
International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Noma-India Mfeketho, Lluwelyn Landers International Relations and Cooperation
Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha John Jeffery,Thabang Makwetla Justice and Constitutional Development, Correctional Services, NPA, SALRC
Labour Mildred Oliphant Inkosi Patekile Holomisa Labour
Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramathlodi Godfrey Oliphant Mineral Resources
Police Nkosinathi Nhleko Maggie Sotyu Police, IPID
Public Enterprises Lynne Brown Gratitude Magwanishe Public Enterprises
Public Service and Administration Collins Chabane Ayanda Dlodlo Public Service and Administration, PSC, PALAMA
Public Works Thulas Nxesi Jeremy Cronin Public Works
Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti Mcebisi Skwatsha, Candith Mashego-Dlamini Rural Development and Land Reform
Science and Technology Naledi Pandor Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi Science and Technology, CSIR, HSRC, SANSA
Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu Elizabeth Thabethe Small Business Development
Social Development Bathabile Dlamini Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu Social Development
Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula Gert Oosthuizen Sport and Recreation
State Security David Mahlobo Ellen Molekane State Security, NICOC
Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele Hlengiwe Mkhize Telecommunications and Postal Services, Post Office, Sentech, ZADNA
Tourism Derek Hanekom Thokozile Xasa Tourism
Trade and Industry Rob Davies Mzwandile Masina Trade and Industry
Transport Dipuo Peters Sindiswe Chikunga Transport, ACSA, CAA, PRASA, SAMSA, SANRAL
Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane Pam Tshwete Water Affairs