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, the Ministers, and the Deputy Ministers.

Members of the Current Cabinet[edit]

Following his election as President, Jacob Zuma announced his first Cabinet on 10 May 2009.[1] On 31 October 2010 he announced a reshuffle in which two Ministers were reassigned, seven were replaced, and seventeen new Deputy Ministers were appointed.[2] In a second reshuffle on 24 October 2011, two ministers were removed, two were reassigned to new portfolios, two deputy ministers were promoted to ministers, two deputy ministers were reassigned, and two new deputy ministers were appointed.[3] On 3 October 2012, after the election of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as Chairperson of the African Union Commission, one minister was reassigned to an new portfolio and one deputy minister became a minister.

On July 9, 2013, President Jacob Zuma fired Communications Minister Dina Pule, replacing her with former Co-operative Government and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister Yunis Carriem. He also relieved Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale with Connie September while Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi was replaced by Lechesa Tsenoli. A number of Deputy Ministers were also re-appointed to different ministries, Andries Nel (Cooperative governance and Traditional Affairs), John Jeffrey (Justice), Pamela Tshwete (rural development and land reform) and Michael Masutha (Science and Technology).[4] Apart from Pieter Mulder (Vryheidsfront Plus), all ministers are members of the ANC or SACP.

Portfolio Minister Deputy Minister(s) Department(s)
President of South Africa Jacob Zuma - -
Deputy President of South Africa Kgalema Motlanthe - -
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Peterson Pieter Mulder Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile Joe Phaahla Arts and Culture
Basic Education Angie Motshekga Enver Surty Basic Education
Communications Yunus Carrim Thembisa Stella Ndabeni Communications
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Lechesa Tsenoli Andries Nel Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs
Correctional Services S'bu Ndebele Ngoako Ramathlodi Correctional Services
Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Thabang Makwetla Defence, Military Veterans
Economic Development Ebrahim Patel Hlengiwe Mkhize Economic Development
Energy Ben Martins Barbara Thompson Energy
Finance Pravin Gordhan Nhlanhla Nene Treasury, Stats SA
Health Aaron Motsoaledi Gwen Ramokgopa Health
Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande Mduduzi Manana Higher Education and Training
Home Affairs Naledi Pandor Fatima Chohan Home Affairs
Human Settlements Connie September Zou Kota Human Settlements
International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Marius Fransman International Relations and Cooperation
Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe John Harold Jeffery Justice and Constitutional Development
Labour Mildred Oliphant Labour
Mineral Resources Susan Shabangu Godfrey Oliphant Mineral Resources
Police Nathi Mthethwa Makhotso Sotyu Police, ICD
Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba Gratitude Magwanishe Public Enterprises
Public Service and Administration Lindiwe Sisulu Ayanda Dlodlo Public Service and Administration, PSC, PALAMA
Public Works Thulas Nxesi Jeremy Cronin Public Works
Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti Pamela Tshwete Rural Development and Land Reform
Science and Technology Derek Hanekom Michael Masutha Science and Technology
Social Development Bathabile Dlamini Maria Ntuli Social Development
Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula Gert Oosthuizen Sport and Recreation
State Security Siyabonga Cwele State Security Agency
Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel National Planning Commission
Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring
and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency
Collins Chabane Obed Bapela The Presidency, GCIS
Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk Thozile Xasa Tourism
Trade and Industry Rob Davies Thandi Tobias, Elizabeth Thabethe Trade and Industry
Transport Dipuo Peters Sindiswe Chikunga Transport
Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa Rejoice Mabhudafhasi Water Affairs, Environmental Affairs
Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities


  1. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet" (Press release). Government Communication and Information System. 10 May 2009. Retrieved 10 May 2009. 
  2. ^ "Zuma announces cabinet reshuffle". BuaNews (GCIS). 31 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Zuma announces Cabinet changes". BuaNews (GCIS). 24 October 2011. 
  4. ^