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Ramaphosa announces cabinet reshuffle

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The president has announced a cabinet change in ministers and deputy ministers, and has expressed his appreciation to all outgoing executives for their service to the nation.

On Thursday, 5 August 2021, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to the National Executive. The president noted that the changes come at a time when the country is facing several challenges; therefore, he would be making changes to cabinet to improve the capacity of the government to effectively undertake tasks at hand.

Ramaphosa confirmed that the government would also be making certain changes to the configuration of government departments and ministries, the first of which would be to separate the Ministry of Human Settlements from the Ministry of Water and Sanitation. The second is to do away with the Ministry of State Security and place the political responsibility for the State Security Agency (SSA) under the Presidency, as a way to ensure that the country’s domestic and foreign intelligence services more effectively allow the president to exercise his responsibility to safeguard the security and integrity of the nation.

The president made changes and new appointments with respect to ministers and deputy ministers. He further expressed his deep appreciation to all outgoing ministers and deputies for their service to the government and to the people of South Africa, before committing to state recovery.

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