South African President Cyril Ramaphosa looks on a
President Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: Getty Images
  • South Africa's new cabinet will cost taxpayers about R21 million less in salaries alone.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa has reduced the size of the executive by nine positions.
  • Ramaphosa warned appointees that they will all be signing performance agreements.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa announced South Africa's new executive on Wednesday night, and the cabinet shrank by eight ministers and one deputy minister. 

On salaries alone, that means an annual saving of more than R21 million. According to Africa Check, cabinet ministers each receive an annual salary of R2.4 million, with deputy ministers get R1.98 million. 

The deputy president – which remains David Mabuza - gets R2.83 million, while the president’s salary is almost R2.88 million.

The most surprising appointment in Ramaphosa's new cabinet was Patricia de Lille as Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure (the "infrastructure" is a new addition), while the most glaring omissions were Bathabile Dlamini, Jeff Radebe, Siyabonga Cwele, and Derek Hanekom.

Ramaphosa warned appointees that they will all be signing performance agreements, which "will be closely monitored against specific outcomes."

"Where implementation is unsatisfactory, action will be taken," Ramaphosa promised.

The expectations of South African people has never been greater, he said.

For the first time half of the ministers are women, and Ramaphosa said "a significant number" of young people have been included.

He reduced the number of ministers from 36 to 28. In 1994, Nelson Mandela had 28 ministers, with 14 deputy ministers. Former president Thabo Mbeki had 28 ministers, while former president Jacob Zuma had 36 ministers, with 37 deputy ministers.

Here's the full list of new ministers and deputies:

• The Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is Thoko Didiza. [A new combined ministry.]

•The Deputy Ministers are Sdumo Dlamini and Mcebisi Skwatsha.

•The Minister of Basic Education is Angie Motshekga.

•The Deputy Minister is Dr Regina Mhaule.

• The Minister of Communications is Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams.

•The Deputy Minister is Pinky Kekana.

•The Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

•The Deputy Ministers are Parks Tau and Obed Bapela.

•The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.

•The Deputy Minister is Thabang Makwetla.

•The Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries is Barbara Creecy. [A new combined ministry]

•The Deputy Minister is Maggie Sotyu.

•The Minister of Employment and Labour is Thulas Nxesi. ["Employment" is a new addition.]

•The Deputy Minister is Boitumelo Moloi.

•The Minister of Finance is Tito Mboweni.

•The Deputy Minister is Dr David Masondo.

•The Minister of Health is Dr Zwelini Mkhize.

•The Deputy Minister is Dr Joe Phaahla.

•The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology is Dr Blade Nzimande. [A new combined ministry.]

•The Deputy Minister is Buti Manamela.

•The Minister of Home Affairs is Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.

•The Deputy Minister is Njabulo Nzuza.

•The Minister of Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation is Lindiwe Sisulu. [A new combined ministry.]

•The Deputy Ministers are Pam Tshwete and David Mahlobo.

•The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation is Dr Naledi Pandor.

•The Deputy Ministers are Alvin Botes and Candith Mashego-Dlamini.

•The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services is Ronald Lamola.

•The Deputy Ministers are John Jeffery and Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa.

•The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy is Gwede Mantashe.

•The Deputy Minister is Bavelile Hlongwa.

•The Minister of Police is General Bheki Cele.

•The Deputy Minister is Cassel Mathale.

•The Minister in the Presidency is Jackson Mthembu.

•The Deputy Minister in the Presidency is Thembi Siweya.

•The Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities is Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

•The Deputy Minister is Prof Hlengiwe Mkhize.

The Minister of Public Enterprises is Pravin Gordhan.

•The Deputy Minister is Phumulo Masualle.

•The Minister of Public Service and Administration is Senzo Mchunu.

•The Deputy Minister is Sindy Chikunga.

•The Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is Patricia De Lille.

•The Deputy Minister is Noxolo Kiviet.

•The Minister of Small Business Development is Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

•The Deputy Minister is Rosemary Capa.

•The Minister of Social Development is Lindiwe Zulu.

•The Deputy Minister is Henrietta Bogopane-Zulu.

•The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture is Nathi Mthethwa. [A new combined ministry.]

•The Deputy Minister is Nocawe Mafu.

•The Minister of State Security is Ayanda Dlodlo.

•The Deputy Minister is Zizi Kodwa.

•The Minister of Tourism is Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane.

•The Deputy Minister is Fish Mahlalela.

•The Minister of Trade and Industry is Ebrahim Patel.

•The Deputy Ministers are Fikile Majola and Nomalungelo Gina.

•The Minister of Transport is Fikile Mbalula.

•The Deputy Minister is Dikeledi Magadzi.

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