President Jacob Zuma has made some interesting changes to the Cabinet of the South African Government.
In a shock move, ANC heavyweight Tokyo Sexwale has been axed from the Cabinet. Sexwale headed the Human Settlements portfolio.
The new Ministers and Deputy Ministers are as follows:
1. The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli,
2. The Minister of Human Settlements, Ms Connie September,
3. The Minister of Communications , Mr Yunus Carrim,
4. The Minister of Energy, Mr Ben Martins,
5. The Minister of Transport, Ms Dipuo Peters,
6. The Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development, Mr John Jeffery,
7. The Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Michael Masutha,
8. The Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr Andries Nel,
9. The Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Ms Pamela Tshwete.
Lets take a closer look at some of the appointments:
In: Yunis Carriem, is the exCo-operative Government and Traditional Affairs Deputy Minister. Improvement.
Out: Minister Dina Pule Thank goodness!
In: Connie September
Out: Tokyo Sexwale Was he aiming to become the next President and as such a threat to Zuma?
In Ben Martins – ex Minister of Transport who tried to bully through urban e-tolling. What is his new assignment – nuclear and/or fracking?
Out Dipuo Peters Was she too weak to bully nuclear energy though? Good but not good enough?
It must also be asked why these changes have been made, when some of the most incompetent Ministers still remain safely in their seats. Some of them being:
· Min Tina Joema-Pettersson – Agriculture
· Min Angie Motshekga – Education
· Min Malusi Gigaba – State enterrpises
Gigaba, commonly known as the “Blackout Minister”, cannot get Eskom and Medupi under control. Switch-on at Medupi is now delayed until December 2014. One can not forget the ANC holds shares in Hitachi Power Africa, who are responsible for the faulty software at Medupi.
All that really be surmised from the Cabinet changes is that not much will change for ordinary South Africans and that service delivery will continue to decline as corruption and maladministration increases.