Executive Council (South Africa)

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In South Africa, the Executive Council of a province is the cabinet of the provincial government.[1] The Executive Council consists of the Premier and five to ten other members,[2] who have the title "Member of the Executive Council", commonly abbreviated to "MEC".[1]

MECs are appointed by the Premier from amongst the members of the provincial legislature; he or she can also dismiss them. The provincial legislature may force the Premier to reconstitute the council by passing a motion of no confidence in the Executive Council excluding the Premier; if the legislature passes a motion of no confidence in the Executive Council including the Premier, then the Premier and the MECs must resign.[2]

The Premier designates powers and functions to the MECs; conventionally they are assigned portfolios in specific areas of responsibility. They are accountable to the provincial legislature, both individually and as a collective, and must regularly report to the legislature on the performance of their responsibilities.[2]

The Western Cape, the only province to have adopted its own constitution, chose to call its Executive Council the "Provincial Cabinet", and its MECs "Provincial Ministers".[3]

Membership of executive councils[edit]

The following tables show the members of the nine Executive Councils as of 2013.[4]

Eastern Cape[edit]

Portfolio MEC
Premier Phumulo Masualle
Economic Development and Environmental Affairs Mcebisi Jonas
Education and Training Mandla Makupula
Finance and Provincial Planning Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha
Health Sicelo Gqobana
Human Settlements Helen August-Sauls
Local Government and Traditional Affairs Mlibo Qhoboshiane
Roads and Public Works Thandiswa Lynette Marawu
Transport, Safety and Liaison Weziwe Tikana
Rural Development and Agrarian Reform Zoleka Capa
Social Development, Women, Children and People With Disabilities Pemmy Majodina
Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Xoliswa Tom

Free State[edit]

Portfolio MEC
Premier Ace Magashule
Agriculture Mec Oupa Khoabane
Cooperative Governance, Traditional Affairs and Human Settlements [Mec Sisi Ntombela]
Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Mec Dr Malokoane
Education Mec Tate Pule Makgoe
Health Mec Butana Khompela
Police, Roads and Transport Mec Mashinini
Provincial Treasury Mec Elzabe Rockman
Public Works and Rural Development Mec Kotzee
Social Development Mec Mahasa
Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mec Mathabo Leeto


Portfolio MEC
Premier David Makhura
Agriculture, Environment, Rural Development and Social Development Faith Mazibuko
Community Safety Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane
Economic Development Lebogang Maile
Education Panyaza Lesufi
Finance Barbara Creecy
Health Gwen Ramokgopa
Human Settlements and Local Government Paul Mashatile
Infrastructure Development Jacob Mamabolo
Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Faith Mazibuko
Transport Ismail Vadi


Portfolio MEC
Premier William Mchunu
Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development Themba Mthembu
Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation Bongi Sithole Moloi
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Nomusa Dube
Economic Development and Tourism Sihle Zikalala
Education Mthandeni Dlungwana
Finance Belinda Scott
Health Sibongiseni Maxwell Dhlomo
Human Settlements and Public Works Ravi Pillay
Social Development Weziwe Gcotyelwa Thusi
Transport and Community Safety and Liaison [[Mxolisi Kaunda|}


Portfolio MEC
Premier Stan Mathabatha
Agriculture Jacob Marule
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Clifford Motsepe
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Seaparo Sekwati
Education* Namane Dickson Masemola
Health and Social Development* Norman Mabasa
Provincial Treasury* David Masondo
Public Works* Thabitha Mohlala
Roads and Public Transport* Pitsi Moloto
Safety, Security and Liaison Florence Dzhombere
Sport, Arts and Culture Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

* The Limpopo government has been placed under intervention by the national government and responsibility for the Provincial Treasury and the Departments of Education, Health, Public Works, and Roads and Public Transport has been assumed by members of the national executive.


Portfolio MEC
Premier David Mabuza
Agriculture, Rural Development and Land Administration Violet Siwela
Community Safety, Security and Liaison Vusi Shongwe
Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Simon Piet Sikhosana
Culture, Sport and Recreation Sbongile Manana
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Yvonne Pinky Phosa
Education Regina Mhaule
Finance Madala Masuku
Health and Social Development Candith Mashego-Dlamini
Human Settlements Andries Gumede
Public Works, Roads and Transport Dikeledi Mahlangu

North West[edit]

Portfolio MEC
Premier Supra Mahumapelo
Agriculture and Rural Development Desbo Sefanyetso Mohono
Economic Development, Environment and Tourism Motlalepule Rosho
Education Louisa Lerato Mabe
Finance Paul Sebegoe
Health Magome Masike
Human Settlements, Safety and Liaison Nono Maloyi
Local Government and Traditional Affairs China Dodovu
Public Works, Roads and Transport Raymond Elisha
Social Development, Women, Children and People With Disabilities Mosetsanagape Mokomela-Mothibi
Sport, Arts and Culture Tebogo Modise

Northern Cape[edit]

Portfolio MEC
Premier Sylvia Lucas
Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Norman Shushu
Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs Alvin Botes
Education Grizelda Cjiekella
Environment and Nature Conservation Cukelwa Magdalene Tiny Chotelo
Finance, Economic Affairs and Tourism John Block
Health McCollen Ntsikelelo Jack
Roads and Public Works Dawid Rooi
Social Services and Population Development Mxolisa Simon Sokatsha
Sport, Arts and Culture Lebogang James Motlhaping
Transport, Safety and Liaison Martha Barbra Bartlett

Western Cape[edit]

Portfolio MEC
Premier Helen Zille
Agriculture, Economic Development and Tourism Alan Winde
Community Safety Dan Plato
Cultural Affairs and Sport Nomafrench Mbombo
Education Debbie Schafer
Finance Ivan Meyer
Health Theuns Botha
Human Settlements Bonginkosi Madikizela
Local Government, Environmental Affairs and Development Planning Anton Bredell
Social Development Albert Fritz
Transport and Public Works Donald Grant


  1. ^ a b "Provincial government". SouthAfrica.info. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996, Chapter 6: "Provinces", ss. 125–141
  3. ^ Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997, Chapter 4: "Executive".
  4. ^ "Contact list: MECs of the Provincial Governments" (PDF). Government Communication and Information System. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2013.