Cabinet reshuffle: first wave of government realignment

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President Cyril Ramaphosa describes changes in his cabinet as the first wave of government realignment. He made combination of Departments of Communications with Telecommunications and Postal Services to be led by the new Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

He also moved Dr Siyabonga Cwele to the Home Affairs minister and Nomvula Mokonyane to the minister of Environmental Affairs, replacing the late Edna Molewa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was vigilant not to make broad changes during his second cabinet reshuffle since taking office in February 2018, with just few months before the pivotal 2019 national elections.

But he has shown confidence in the young Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams and kept his old ministers to ensure progressive.

However, the Communications and the Telecommunications and Postal Services were subsided into a single department, the president said the two departments will remain independent until 2024.

He said these were required changes to ensure a responsive and valuable government.

In the meantime the Deputy Minister of Energy Tembi Majola has asked to be relieved of her duties from January 2019.