South African Cabinet Ministers 2024: A Comprehensive Overview

Following the 2024 general elections, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new cabinet that reflects significant changes and a commitment to inclusivity through the Government of National Unity. This diverse cabinet includes ministers from various political parties, aimed at addressing the multifaceted challenges of South Africa. Here’s a detailed look at the key appointments:

Key Appointments

  • Deputy President: Paul Mashatile (ANC) Paul Mashatile, a senior member of the African National Congress (ANC), has been appointed as Deputy President. His extensive experience in government and politics makes him a crucial figure in Ramaphosa’s administration.
  • Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Thandi Modise (ANC) Thandi Modise retains her position, bringing continuity and stability to the defence sector. Her previous tenure is marked by efforts to modernize the military and support veterans.
  • Minister of Finance: Enoch Godongwana (ANC) Enoch Godongwana continues in his role, tasked with navigating the country’s economic challenges and implementing fiscal policies to promote growth and stability.
  • Minister of Health: Aaron Motsoaledi (ANC) Aaron Motsoaledi returns to the Health Ministry, leveraging his previous experience to address public health challenges and improve healthcare delivery.
  • Minister of Electricity and Energy: Kgosientsho Ramokgopa (ANC) Kgosientsho Ramokgopa’s appointment signals a focus on addressing South Africa’s energy crisis, with initiatives expected to improve electricity generation and distribution.
  • Minister of Employment and Labour: Nomakhosazana Meth (ANC) Nomakhosazana Meth steps into this role, aiming to tackle unemployment and improve labour conditions through progressive policies.
  • Minister of Home Affairs: Leon Schreiber (DA) Representing the Democratic Alliance (DA), Leon Schreiber’s appointment is part of the inclusive approach, bringing new perspectives to immigration and home affairs.
  • Minister of Human Settlements: Mmamoloko Kubayi (ANC) Mmamoloko Kubayi continues her efforts to improve housing and urban development, focusing on sustainable and inclusive human settlements.
  • Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: Ronald Lamola (ANC) Ronald Lamola’s diplomatic skills will be pivotal in managing South Africa’s international relations and promoting its interests globally.
  • Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development: Thembi Nkadimeng (ANC) Thembi Nkadimeng’s legal expertise will guide efforts to uphold justice and constitutional governance.
  • Minister of Public Service and Administration: Mzamo Buthelezi (IFP) From the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), Mzamo Buthelezi brings a focus on improving public service delivery and administrative efficiency.
  • Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure: Dean Macpherson (DA) Dean Macpherson’s role will involve overseeing infrastructure projects critical to national development.
  • Minister of Social Development: Sisisi Tolashe (ANC) Sisisi Tolashe will work on enhancing social welfare programs and support systems for vulnerable populations.
  • Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture: Gayton McKenzie (PA) From the Patriotic Alliance (PA), Gayton McKenzie will promote cultural initiatives and support the sports sector.
  • Minister of Tourism: Patricia de Lille (GOOD) Patricia de Lille, leader of the GOOD party, will focus on revitalizing the tourism industry post-pandemic.
  • Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition: Parks Tau (ANC) Parks Tau’s role will be crucial in driving industrial growth and competitive trade policies.
  • Minister of Transport: Barbara Creecy (ANC) Barbara Creecy will address transportation infrastructure and service improvements.
  • Minister of Water and Sanitation: Pemmy Majodina (ANC) Pemmy Majodina’s task is to manage water resources and sanitation services effectively.

Deputy Ministers

  • Agriculture: Rosemary Nokuzola Capa (ANC)
  • Electricity and Energy: Samantha Graham (DA)
  • Forestry, Fisheries and Environment: Narend Singh (IFP)
  • Finance: David Masondo (ANC) and Ashor Sarupen (DA)
  • Police: Polly Boshielo (ANC) and Cassel Mathale (ANC)

President Ramaphosa’s new cabinet, with its diverse representation from the ANC, DA, IFP, PA, GOOD, and other parties, marks a collaborative approach to governance. This inclusive government aims to address South Africa’s various needs and challenges comprehensively, fostering unity and progress.