President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet is a composition of the old mixed with a few new faces. He has retained ministers who were expected to be among the first to get the chop due to governance weaknesses in their old positions. New communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane was among those who were widely expected to be axed when Ramaphosa reviewed his Cabinet. Her performance as minister of the water and sanitation was marred by corruption allegations, with numerous media reports linking her to irregular tender processes at several of the country’s water boards. She was also recently appointed as the head of the ANC’s dispute resolution committee. She will be deputised by ANC MP Pinkie Kekana who joined the national assembly in 2014. Another shock appointment was that of former social development minister Bathabile Dlamini, who, despite bungling the country’s social grant system, has been awarded another post as the minister of women in the presidency. She is also the ANC Women’s Lea...

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