President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Khumbudzo Ntshavheni as the new communication minister, replacing Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who has been in the role since 2018.
The latest communications minister appointment came as part of a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said he made changes to the national executive to improve the capacity of the government to effectively navigate the challenging time the country is facing.
These challenges include the Covid-19 pandemic, the violent and destructive protests, and rebuilding the economy.
In a curious move, Ramaphosa swapped the small business development minister and communication ministers.
Why he thinks it is a good idea to take someone out of a role in which they have experience and move them to a new field is anyone’s guess.
At least Ntshavheni has some ICT experience. She served as chief operating officer at the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) and chief information officer for the Limpopo Provincial Department of Local Government and Housing.
She was also a municipal manager of the Ba-Phalaborwa Local Municipality in Limpopo from 2008 to 2010 and tourism manager at trade and investment Limpopo.
Ntshavheni was minister of small business development from 29 May 2019 and acting minister in the presidency from 27 January 2021.
She holds an MBA degree from Bradford University in the United Kingdom and two BA Hons degrees from the University of Johannesburg.
Ramaphosa has also appointed a new deputy communications minister — Philly Mapulane — who replaced Pinky Kekana.
Mapulane was the chairperson of Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education, science and technology.
He previously served as the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on environmental affairs.
Before joining Parliament in 2014, Mapulane was MEC for the North West Provincial Legislature and treasurer of the ANC provincial executive committee.
The list below shows South Africa’s communications ministers over the last 13 years.