Minister of Environmental Affairs

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Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
Edna Molewa

since 31 October 2010
Appointer Jacob Zuma
Inaugural holder Buyelwa Sonjica
Formation 10 May 2009
Deputy Rejoice Mabhudafhasi
Salary R1,811,142[1]

The Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs is the member of the Cabinet of South Africa with responsibility for the Department of Water Affairs and the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The post was created by President Jacob Zuma, in his cabinet announced on 10 May 2009; it partially replaced the posts of Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry.[2] The first holder of the position was Buyelwa Sonjica; the incumbent is Edna Molewa of the African National Congress, who replaced Ms Sonjica in a cabinet reshuffle on 31 October 2010.[3] It has also been described as one of the most efficient ministries currently in South Africa.

Office Holders[edit]

No. Name Party Term Department name
1. Kader Asmal ANC 1994-1999 Water Affairs and Forestry
2. Ronnie Kasrils ANC 1999-2004 Water Affairs and Forestry
3. Buyelwa Sonjica ANC 2004-2006 Water Affairs and Forestry
4. Lindiwe Hendricks ANC 2006-2009 Water Affairs and Forestry
5. Buyelwa Sonjica ANC 2009-2010[4] Water and Environmental Affairs
6. Edna Molewa ANC 2010- Water and Environmental Affairs


  1. ^ "Determination of salaries and allowance of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers" (PDF). Government Gazette of South Africa. Government Printer. 545 (33780): 3–5. 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet" (Press release). Government Communication and Information System. 10 May 2009. Archived from the original on 13 May 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Zuma announces cabinet reshuffle". IOL. 31 October 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
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