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THE SHUFFLE

Save the date – Cabinet reshuffle to be announced on Monday 7pm, says Ramaphosa’s spokesperson

Save the date – Cabinet reshuffle to be announced on Monday 7pm, says Ramaphosa’s spokesperson
Presidential Spokesperson Vincent Magwenya. (Photo: Elmond Jiyane / GCIS

A date has now been confirmed officially for the Cabinet reshuffle, with the presidency saying previous anticipated dates circulating via news and social media platforms has been pure speculation and had not been set by president Cyril Ramaphosa.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will make the announcement on his new Executive on Monday, March 6, 7pm, presidency spokesperson Vincent Magwenya told the media on Sunday afternoon during a briefing at the Union Buildings. 

 

Said Magwenya: “Having exercised his constitutional prerogative, the president will announce the new national executive at 7pm tomorrow, Monday 6th March 2023. This will reinforce the government’s focus as the president said in SONA, on those actions that will make a meaningful difference now that will enable real progress in the next year; that will lay the foundation for a sustained recovery in the near future.”

Rumours and speculation had been swirling around news and social media platforms about a cabinet reshuffle being announced on Thursday, March 2nd. Magwenya dismissed this as being false saying there were no plans for such an announcement on the said date, and that, “There was no postponement or cancellation of such an announcement.”

Read in Daily Maverick: President Cyril Ramaphosa likely to announce rejigged Cabinet ‘in matter of days’

Magwenya said previous dates that were circulating in the media had been pure speculation as the president was concluding the swearing in of new members of parliament ahead of his reshuffle. 

ANC deputy president Paul Mashatile, who is expected to fill in recently resigned David Mabuza’s position as the country’s deputy president was sworn in early February, with finance minister Enoch Gondongwana sworn in earlier this week, following the resignation of Mike Basopu as MP. 

Read in Daily Maverick: Outgoing Deputy President David Mabuza the latest ANC member to resign from Parliament

Other recently sworn in ANC MPs include second secretary -general Maropene Ramokgopa, Kwa-Zulu Natal cooperative governance MEC Sihle Zikalala and former Gauteng economic development MEC Parks Tau. 

It had been reported in the media  on Friday that the president had postponed his plans for a reshuffle after getting a cold.

Questions were raised after Ramaphosa was spotted at a cattle auction at his controversial Phala Phala Farm on Friday evening at the Ntaba Nyoni Cattle auction dinner.  In addition, a photo of the president with Ugandan MP Wilson Kajwengye was posted by the MP on social media platform Twitter, confirming that Ramaphosa had hosted the Ugandan official at his farm. 

 

Confirming the engagement, Magwenya said:  “On Friday the 3rd of March, President Ramaphosa honoured an engagement of the Ntaba Nyoni cattle stud. This was a dinner preceding an annual actualising his reconfiguration of the national executive’.

“The president appreciates the importance of putting in place an executive that will build on the commitment that the government has made for faster growth through our investment drive, economic reforms, employment programmes and expanding infrastructure programmes,” the presidency spokesperson said. DM

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  • D'Esprit Dan says:

    “Having exercised his constitutional prerogative, the president will announce the new national executive at 7pm tomorrow, Monday 6th March 2023. This will reinforce the government’s focus as the president said in SONA, on those actions that will make a meaningful difference now that will enable real progress in the next year; that will lay the foundation for a sustained recovery in the near future.”

    Bombastic waffle! And a load of garbage: it’ll be rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as factional politics within the ANC ensures same-old, same-old. We’ll still be hamstrung with the useless Zuma-era ministers, whose only concern is shielding the theft from public scrutiny. Shameful.

  • Jon Quirk says:

    Re-shuffle? He needs completely new deck of cards!! Myopic and idiotic are two words that spring immediately to mind …

  • Cunningham Ngcukana says:

    The reasons for the delay are found in the Sunday World that has an article that is intended to impugn the integrity of Paul Mashatile. Unfortunately it has backfired on him. Playing cheap political games being a President has a price and that price is that you get finally exposed in terms of your character. The first salvo to attack Paul Mashatile was by a certain Pemmy Majodina who under instructions of a certain clique issued a statement following the swearing in of
    Paul Mashatile with nobody having asked her that it does not mean that he will be appointed the Deputy President of the country. Who asked her? We know the ANC conventions and resolutions regarding the matter as the public. The problem with Pemmy Majodina was still at Nasrec when the Conference was over with the clique that controls her. The President was asked not to announce the changes by the clique with media connections until the Mashatile story was published in the Sunday World. We were hearing of this plot the whole week that started at SONA. The speakers of the ANC were not even recognising Paul Mashatile who was in the house as the Deputy President and it was very visible.
    Some amongst sought to understand from senior ANC me members what was happening. Ntshavheni after these inquiries did recognise him. The same as the Minister of Finance in the Budget Speech. The President has to know that South Africans are not fools. The story was doing rounds in Johannesburg.

  • William Dryden says:

    Ramaphosa has to re shuffle the same old none productive ministers so that other ministers can have their seat at the feeding trough, tough decisions.
    I also wonder what will happen to David Mabuza’s and his land scam case with Fred Danials, or will he think that by resigning he will not be liable for the fraud?

  • Thomas Cleghorn says:

    Deck chairs on the Titanic.

  • William Stucke says:

    And Ramaphosa delays the announcement to 8 pm. …

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