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Premier Saul reshuffles his cabinet

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The changes to the provincial executive council will come into immediate effect

Northern Cape Premier Zamani Saul. File picture

A RESHUFFLE of his provincial cabinet by Premier Zamani Saul on Friday saw the swearing-in of the new MECs by Northern Cape High Court Judge President Pule Tlaletsi.

Saul indicated that there would be no changes to the heads of departments. 

The premier appointed Maruping Lekwene as the new MEC for the Department of Health, while the former Health MEC, Fufe Makatong, will now take over the reins as MEC for Public Works.

Mase Manopole is the new MEC for Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development, Environment and Nature Conservation while Desiree Lorenda Finies was appointed as MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture. 

The MEC for Transport, Safety and Liaison is Nomandla Bloem and the MEC for Social Development is Nontobeko Vilakazi. 

The MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism is Abraham Vosloo.

Saul stated that the MEC for Education, Mac Jack, and the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Human Settlements and Traditional Affairs, Bentley Vass, would remain in their current portfolios. 

“The changes to the provincial executive council will come into immediate effect,” said Saul. 

“It is expected that these MECs, with their respective departments, will remain committed to ensuring a competent administration that will continue to serve the people as we build a modern, growing and successful Province.

“The Northern Cape provincial government remains committed to ensuring a competent public service that has the interests of the people of this Province at heart.” 

Saul added that the resignation of the MEC for Social Development, Martha Bartlett, and the MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture, Bernice Sinxeve, had resulted in the Cabinet reshuffle.

“I wish to thank them for the diligent manner in which they served the people of the Northern Cape in their assignments and portfolios in the executive.”