Siphiwe Nyanda dropped as Comms Minister

“We have taken a long and hard look at some departments with a view to strengthen some ministries and noted some of them needed additional deputy ministers to assist them in their duties,” Zuma said when announcing the reshuffle at the presidential guest house in Pretoria.

“We had to change the way government works in order to improve service delivery. Our mission was guided by improving the quality of the lives of South Africans.”

  1. Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda was replaced by Roy Padayachie. His deputy would be Obed Bapela.
  2. Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge was replaced by Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde.
  3. Women, Children and People with Disabilities Minister Noluthando Mayende-Sibiya was replaced by Lulu Xingwana.
  4. Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was replaced by Mildren Oliphent.
  5. Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Buyelwa Sonjica was replaced by Edna Molewa.
  6. Public Service and Administration Minister Richard Baloyi was replaced by Ayanda Dlodlo.
  7. Public Enterprises Minister Barbara Hogan was replaced by Malusi Gigaba.
  8. His deputy is Benedict Martin.
  9. Sports and Recreation Minister Makhenkesi Stofile was replaced by Fikile Mbalula.
  10. Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana was replaced by Paul Mashatile.
  11. Social Development Minister Edna Molewa was replaced by Bathabile Dlamini

New Communications Minister

The axing of Nyanda comes amidst a great deal of controversy, including alleged tender irregularities linked to Nyanda and a battle with the former Communications DG Mamodupi Mohlala.

Roy Padayachie was appointed as Deputy Minister of Communications on 29 April 2004 and served in this capacity under Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri until 10 May 2009.  After being replaced as Deputy Minister of Communicationsin 2009 Padayachie was appointed as Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration on 11 May 2011.

Padayachie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Durban-Westville and a Masters of Science degree from University of London.

Nyanda’s deputy, Dina Pule, has also been axed and replaced by Obed Bapele.  Bapele was an anti-apartheid activist and previously served as Parliamentary House Chairperson.

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Siphiwe Nyanda dropped as Comms Minister