In his very first state of the nation address in early 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa promised to slim down the cabinet and make government more efficient.

Five years later, in March, he added two new ministers to his cabinet, increasing the number of ministries to 30. This makes SA’s cabinet one of the world’s largest. Some of the world’s biggest economies, the US and Germany among them, have cabinets hardly half the size of ours. And that’s not even counting SA’s 36 deputy ministers. ..

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