President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a compromise Cabinet to lead his government into the 2019 national election. To appease a deeply divided ANC after the party’s elective battle in December at Nasrec, he appointed a mixed bag of ministers from the two main factions in the party. Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan both make stunning comebacks as finance and public enterprise ministers respectively. Nene returns to the helm of the National Treasury after he was axed by former president Jacob Zuma in 2015. Gordhan was put in place to steer state-owned enterprises to recovery after years of mismanagement, political interference and governance failures, with devastating effects on the economy. Ramaphosa’s reshuffle saw 10 ministers fired and 10 new appointments made, bringing sweeping change to the Cabinet, which is set to remain in place until the general election in 2019. He appointed former Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza as deputy president. Ramaphosa’s opponent in the ANC’s elect...

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