President Cyril Ramaphosa was addressing the country on Thursday evening at the Union Buildings and has therefore made a few changes to the National Executive.
With the challenges the country is facing, Ramaphosa stated that there is a task to accelerate the vaccination programmes, ensure stability and peace succeeding the recent violence and lootings as well as mobilising all available resources to rebuild the economy.
Ramaphosa mentioned that there are available vacancies that need to be filled following the passing of Minister Jackson Mthembu and Deputy Minister Bavelile Hlongwa alongside the stepping down of Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize and Finance Minister Tito Mboweni.
“We are making certain changes to the configuration of government departments and Ministries”, He added.
The first change will be separating the Ministry of Human Settlements from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation. The second change will be doing away with the Ministry of State Security, placing political responsibility for the State Security Agency in the Presidency.
“With respect to Ministers, Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will be deployed to a new position”, Ramaphosa said. Ministers, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Tito Mboweni will be replaced by Mr Joe Phaahla as Health Minister and Mr Enoch Godongwana as Finance Minister.
“With respect to Deputy Ministers, Mr Zizi Kodwa is appointed as Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for state security”, Ramaphosa said.
In conclusion Ramaphosa mentioned the appointment of Dr Sydney Mufamadi as National Security Adviser outlining that it is to improve support to the President and the National Security Council in the strategic management of the country’s security.