On Tuesday 9 July 2013, President Jacob Zuma announced wide ranging changes to the National Executive (i.e. Cabinet) and the fourth in as many years during the term of the current administration since coming into in 2009 and with general elections on the horizon in 2014.
Three altogether new appointments were announced, all of whom were generally highly regarded Members of Parliament recently within the ANC Parliamentary Caucus and with high levels of responsibilities of various parliamentary committees and in the caucus. They are:
Ms Connie September (Minister of Human Settlements)
Mr John Jeffrey (Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development)
Adv Michael Masutha (Deputy Minister of Science and Technology)
Two ministers are shifted within the Cabinet, namely:
Mr. Ben Martins goes from Minister of Transport to Minister of Energy
Ms Dipouo Peters goes from Minister Energy to Minister of Transport
Two previous Deputy Ministers are promoted to full Ministerial duty, namely:
Mr Yunus Carrim from Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs to Minister of Communications
Mr Lechesa Tsenoli from Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform to Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Two Ministers are removed from the Cabinet altogether, namely:
Mr Tokyo Sexwale, former Minister of Human Settlements and who found himself opposing President Jacob Zuma re-election for a second term as party President.
Ms Dina Pule who has consistently been hounded by allegations of corruption, ethical misconduct, poor administration and non-delivery in the Communications portfolio she headed and which has been dogged by controversy.
Following the delivery of the State of the Nation Address to Parliament by President Jacob Zuma on Thursday 9 February 2012, political parties commenced debate on the president’s announcements in Parliament’s National Assembly on Tuesday 14 February 2012.
Despite the debate commencing on Valentines Day, there was no love lost between opposition political parties and ruling African National Congress and Government of the day. The debate continued on Wednesday 15 February 2012. The President responds to the debate on Thursday 16 February 2012.
You can view the excerpts from the debate here, all visuals courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation. You can also view it on the ETHICORE YouTube Channel at: http://www.youtube.com/ethicoretv under the State of the Nation 2012 Playlist.
Following the delivery of President Jacob Zuma’s 4th State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Thursday 9 February 2012, this is how leaders of political parties represented in Parliament initially responded to the presidents announcements.
All visuals are courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and also be viewed on the ETHICORE YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/ethicoretv under the State of the Nation 2o12 Playlist.
In case you missed it, here is video (visuals courtesy of the South African Broadcasting Corporation) of the build-up, pre-speech analysis and delivery of the State of the Nation Address delivered by President Jacob Zuma to the Joint Sitting of Parliament’s National Assembly and National Council of Provinces, on Thursday 9 February 2012.
On 9 February 2012, President Jacob Zuma delivered his 4th State of the Nation Address to a Joint Sitting of the National Assembly and National Council of Provincial of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa.
The State of the Nation Address is a significant and landmark event on the national political calendar for a number of reasons. Its is one of the few occasions on which the President addresses a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament and the broader South African public, to report on Government’s achievement on the goals and targets it has committed to, as well as to outline Government’s program of work for the year ahead. In so doing, the address provides citizens and Parliament with a yardstick by which to oversee and hold Government to account.
The central focus and prioritisation of catalytic infrastructure development and investment for economic growth and job creation, and fighting the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality underpinned the 2012 address.