Mchemsho wa kwanza wa Zuma......hatujifunzi Waafrika ? Statement by President Jacob Zuma on the appointment of the new Cabinet This is Zuma's statement on the formation of his new cab. My critique is below: 10 May 2009 Members of the media, Good afternoon and thank you for joining us. We have since the launch of the ANC Manifesto indicated the type of new administration we envisaged in terms of size, shape and political focus. We wanted a structure that would enable us to achieve visible and tangible socio-economic development within the next five years. It should be a structure which would enable us to effectively implement our policies. The structure of Cabinet and national departments has therefore been re-organised to achieve better alignment between the structure, our electoral mandate as per our election Manifesto, and the developmental challenges that need to receive immediate attention from government. In summary, some of the changes in the structure of government are the following: Following extensive research on international models on how governments in other parts of the world plan and monitor performance, we have decided to establish a National Planning Commission which will be based in the Presidency. The NPC will be responsible for strategic planning for the country to ensure one National Plan to which all spheres of government would adhere. This would enable us to take a more comprehensive view of socio-economic development in the country. We have also created a monitoring and evaluation competency in the Presidency, to monitor and evaluate the performance of government in all three spheres. There will therefore be two Ministers in the Presidency, one responsible for the NPC and the other for Monitoring and Evaluation as well as administration in the Presidency. Other changes are the following: The Department of Minerals and Energy will be split into two separate departments of Mining and of Energy, each with a Minister. The Department of Education will be split into separate Ministries, one for Basic Education and the other for Higher Education and Training. The Department of Housing will be called the Department of Human Settlements to take on a more holistic focus. There will be a new department of Rural Development and Land Affairs, which are part of our key priorities for the next five years. The Department of Water affairs and Forestry becomes the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs. A new Department of Economic Development has been established to focus on economic policymaking. The implementation functions will remain with the Department of Trade and Industry. A new department of Tourism has been created. Agriculture becomes Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The Department of Provincial and Local Government becomes Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. A new Ministry has been created for Women, Youth, Children and People with Disability, to emphasise the need for equity and access to development opportunities for the vulnerable groups in our society. The Cabinet that will fulfill our objectives is composed as follows: The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa will be Mr Kgalema Petros Motlanthe. The rest of Cabinet in alphabetical order is as follows: 1. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Tina Joemat-Pettersson Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Dr Pieter Mulder 2. Minister of Arts and Culture Lulu Xingwana Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile 3. Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty 4. Minister of Communications Siphiwe Nyanda Deputy Minister of Communications Dina Pule 5. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Yunus Carrim 6. Minister of Correctional Services Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Deputy Minister of Correctional Services Hlengiwe Mkhize 7. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu Deputy Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Thabang Makwetla 8. Minister of Economic Development Ebrahim Patel Deputy Minister of Economic Development Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde 9. Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters 10. Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan Deputy Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene 11. Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi Deputy Minister of Health Dr Molefi Sefularo 12. Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande 13. Minister of Home Affairs Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba 14. Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale Deputy Minister of Human Settlements Zou Kota 15. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (1) Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (2) Sue van der Merwe 16. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Andries Nel 17. Minister of Labour Membathisi Mdladlana 18. Minister of Mining Susan Shabangu 19. Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa Deputy Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula 20. Minister of Public Enterprises Barbara Hogan Deputy Minister of Public Enterprises Enoch Godongwana 21. Minister for the Public Service and Administration Richard Baloyi Deputy Minister for the Public Service and Administration Roy Padayachie 22. Minister of Public Works Geoff Doidge Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu 23. Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Gugile Nkwinti Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Dr Joe Phaahla 24. Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Derek Hanekom 25. Minister of Social Development Edna Molewa Deputy Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini 26. Minister of Sport and Recreation Makhenkesi Stofile Deputy Minister of Sport and Recreation Gert Oosthuizen 27. Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele 28. Minister in The Presidency (1) National Planning Commission Trevor Manuel 29. Minister in The Presidency (2) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency Collins Chabane 30. Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk Deputy Minister of Tourism Thozile Xasa 31. Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (1) Thandi Tobias Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (2) Maria Ntuli 32. Minister of Transport Sbusiso Joel Ndebele Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin 33. Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Buyelwa Sonjica Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Rejoice Mabhudafhasi 34. Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya We stated clearly during the campaign that we want an efficient, caring and effective administration, which will be accessible and responsive to the needs of the people. We reiterate that we will not tolerate laziness and incompetence, and that we will emphasise excellence and achievement from the Cabinet and the public service. With these objectives in mind, I am confident that the new structure of government will enable the state machinery to speed up service delivery. Civil servants will not lose their jobs as a result of these changes. This is a matter of principle in terms of the countrys labour relations dispensation. I however want to stress to our public servants that the era of hard work has begun. Public servants who do their work diligently and efficiently have nothing to worry about. I wish the new team all the best with their responsibilities. We request the South African public and all key sectors of our society to support them in their national service. Let me also take this opportunity to wish all South African mothers well on Mothers Day today. Mothers are the backbones of our families, communities and our nation. We truly appreciate their role in our society, in both the public sphere and within families. I thank you. Of course, kama ilivyotegemewa kajenga Ghorofa badala ya Kibanda. Most ministry can be turned into agencies or boards capable of generating adequate income to run themselves without depending on the treasury. Afirca countries can afford less than the Ministry proposed here. This is too much of a burden not only to the taxpayers but even to the overall leader. Unless of course is a superman capable of coordinating efficiently and effectively 34 ministries. As in Tanzania the chaos just starts here. Too many ministries. The analysis below shows that it is possible for South Africa too to be run by only 14 ministries with the rest being turned into agencies, commissions or boards capable of avoiding red-tape and bureaucracy as well as making money for the people. The rest of Cabinet in alphabetical order is as follows: 1. Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Okay! 2. Minister of Arts and Culture NO. Should become a National Agency of Arts, Language and culture and be able to run on its own! 3. Minister of Basic Education Okay. For strategic reasons. 4. Minister of Communications Okay. But..... Should go together with Science and Technology. 5. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Okay. For strategic and black empowerment reasons. 6. Minister of Correctional Services Can go together with Ministry of Home Affairs. 7. Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Okay. 8. Minister of Economic Development Repetition and overlaps 9. Minister of Energy No. Should be National Energy Agency capable of developing itself into something capable of self-sustainance. 10. Minister of Finance Okay! 11. Minister of Health Add Food and Nutrition. 12. Minister of Higher Education and [Training] HRM. Okay. But why training and not Human Resource Management and Devleopment? 13. Minister of Home Affairs See above. Joined to Correctional Affairs. 14. Minister of Human Settlements + Environment ! here it is where it belongs? It is man who harms the environment not other resources. 15. Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Okay. 16. Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Shuould be Justice and Constitutional development Commission head enjoying similar perks like Minister. But capable of self-sustainance through various levvies and charges. 17. Minister of Labour After HRM linked to Higher education for planning purposes this should be SOUTH AFRICA LABOUR EXCHANGE .... most work being done online with exception of rural areas to be assisted by Rural development ministry. 18. Minister of Mining This Should be South African Mining Agency and should be capable of footing its own bill. 19. Minister of Police This will be a department in the Home Affairs. 20. Minister of Public Enterprises This should be Commission of Public Enterprises and should be maintained by the clients. 21. Minister for the Public Service and Administration This should be a Commission of Public Service and Administration---coming up with various training, research and consultancy programmes to the point of making it run on its own income. 22. Minister of Public Works Okay. Very strategic. But assist it to create more employment in the rural areas. 23. Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform Okay. Strategic. 24. Minister of Science and Technology See above. Already attached elsewhere but can establish NATIONAL AGENCY OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) 25. Minister of Social Development Redundant expecially with Women, Children.....and so on already aboard. 26. Minister of Sport and Recreation Let it be NATIONAL AGENCY OF SPORTS AND RECREATION DEVELOPMENT and capable of running on its own by promoting individuals, teams/groups so they generate income locally and abroad. 27. Minister of State Security Is there no South African CIA what is this for ? 28. Minister in The Presidency (1) National Planning Commission Okay. Strategic. 29. Minister in The Presidency (2) Performance Monitoring and Evaluation as well as Administration in the Presidency NOT a ministry but a section within the National Planning Commission. You plan, show the way, control and then monitor and get feedback, 30. Minister of Tourism Why not South African National Tourism Board? 31. Minister of Trade and Industry Okay. 32. Minister of Transport NO. Instead National Transport Agency. 33. Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Change. Take environment elsewhere. See above. Then create a Ministry of Water, water resources utilisation and irrigation farming. 34. Minister of Women, Youth, Children and People with Disabilities Okay.