South Africa

Decisions, Decisions

Mboweni tipped to return, with Creecy as his deputy in drastically reduced Cabinet

Illustrative image. Photos: Finance Minister Tito Mboweni at parliament, Cape Town, South Africa, 24 October 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA / South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at Cape Town Station, South Africa 09 April 2019. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA / Gauteng Finance MEC Barbara Creecy on January 30, 2018 in Johannesburg. (Photo by Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

President Cyril Rampahosa is expected to reveal a Cabinet of 25 ministers and eight or nine deputies later on Wednesday or very early on Thursday.

Tito Mboweni is set to return as South Africa’s finance minister, in a drastically reduced Cabinet, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Mboweni is likely to have former Gauteng finance MEC Barbara Creecy as his deputy. The economic policy cluster is to be reorganised, with the Trade and Industry and Economic Development departments merged and headed by former trade unionist Ebrahim Patel, deputised by David Masondo, a former South African Communist Party central committee member.

Having been praised for his efforts as head of the ANC’s elections, Fikile Mbalula is to head the Sports, which will merge with the Arts and Culture Departments. The Mining and Energy Departments could be merged, headed by Gwede Mantashe, and Jeff Radebe moving to the Foreign Affairs portfolio.  Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is tipped to return as the Minister in the Presidency. DM


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