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Cabinet reshuffle: Changes to the National Executive (9 July 2013)

Cabinet reshuffle July 2013 (small 320 x 213)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.

Download the complete political update and analysis here: Political Update_Cabinet Reshuffle_09July2013

Jacob Zuma overwhelmingly reelected ANC President

By Abdul Waheed Patel

In a landslide victory, Jacob Zuma was today reelected for a second terms as President of the African National Congress (ANC) – the African continent’s oldest liberation movement and South Africa’s ruling party, at is 53rd national and elective conference. The conference kicked off in the city of Mangaung in South Africa’s Free State Province on 16 December, until 20 December 2012. Out of the 4076 registered delegates, 3977 delegates qualified to vote.

Mr. Zuma secured 75% of the vote, firmly strengthening his grip on the party with the backing of a slate of candidates who have swelled the ranks of the upper echelon of the party.

Voting results for the top six positions of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (in order of appearance on the ballot paper)

President:

Jacob Zuma (2982 votes)

Kgalema Motlanthe (991 votes)

Deputy President:

Cyril Ramaphosa (3018)

Tokyo Sexwale (463)

Matthews Phosa (470)

National Chairperson:

Baleka Mbete (3010)

Thandi Modise (939)

Secretary-General:

Gwede Mantashe (3058)

Fikile Mbalula (901)

Deputy Secretary-General:

Jessie Duarte (elected un apposed)

Treasurer General:

Paul Mashatile (961)

Zweli Mkhize (2988)

The focus of the conference now turns to the finalisation of policy resolutions by the conference plenary and the election of the remaining members of the 80-member National Executive Committee of the ANC.

The results of the election of candidates to the ANC NEC will be further indication of how systemic the trend in slate politics might be in take root in the ANC and the extent to which the party faithful balance allegiance with a group of individuals with the competency, capability and skills required to ensured that the policy objectives adopted and can be effectively overseen and accounted for by a broader party leadership that will have to oversee and account for its implementation.

ETHICORE will be closely monitoring, analyzing and reporting on the outcomes and implications of the conference, throughout its duration and on a customized basis for clients thereafter. This includes political and risk analysis, briefing papers and research reports. For more information and enquiries in this regard, kindly do not hesitate to contact us.

Abdul Waheed Patel is Managing Director at ETHICORE Political Consulting. He specialises in policy consulting, analysis and risk, including South African political parties, post-apartheid democratic politics and parliamentary democracy.

Youth Parliament 2012

June is officially ‘Youth Month’ in remembrance of the youth of 1976 who stood up against unequal education and the apartheid regime’s policy of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction, above their native mother tongue and third language English. In commemorating and celebrating ‘Youth Month’, the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa hosts its annual Youth Parliament on Thursday 21 June 2012.

Young people from all nine South African provinces will meet in the Youth Parliament to debate issues affecting young people, under the theme “Education and Learning to address youth unemployment, poverty and inequality”.

ETHICORE believes that young people, as a key component of broader South African society and representing the future aspirations and hopes of the nation, have an important role to play in realising Parliament’s law-making, oversight and public participation function and as a forum for public consideration of issues of national interest and concern.

Topics for debate will focus on:
Education and learning – promoting access to quality education and skills to both in and out of school youth through second chance intervention for school drop outs and school to work programs, improving access to finance for further education and training.
Economic freedom in our lifetime – providing support to business and social enterprises that create job placement, self-employment and income generating activities for youth.
Eradicating youth unemployment – providing young people with meaningful and accredited skills that equip them with necessary skills required for the job market.

ETHICORE is honoured and humbled to have been allocated 4 seats in Youth Parliament 2012 by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa. In addition to the participation of Muhammad Khalid Sayed (Senior Advisor: Governmental, Parliamentary and Political Affairs) and an ardent youth activist, ETHICORE has provided opportunities to three young South Africans with an active interest in the political-economy of youth affairs and development. They are:

1. Ms Rifquah Hendricks, a former ETHICORE parliamentary consultant and liaison, currently completing postgraduate studies in Environmental and Geographical Sciences and a fellow of the Emerging Leaders Program, at the University of Cape Town.
2. Mr. Ali Ahmed Sayed, a second year Political Studies and Sociology student at the University of Cape Town.
3. Ms Tasleema Allie, a third year law student at the University of Witwatersrand, young entrepreneur and former parliamentary staffer, researcher and speech writer to the Minority Front in Parliament.

Download the Youth Parliament 2012 program here: Program (Youth Parliament 2012)

Follow this link to the Youth Parliament page of the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa: http://www.parliament.gov.za/live/content.php?Item_ID=2219

Condolences: Passing of former MP David Dlali

It is with sadness and shock that we came to learn of the tragic passing of former African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament, David Dlali who was found murdered on his farm in Matatiele in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province on Monday 11 June 2012. According to news reports, the office of the ANC Chief Whip in Parliament said that Mr. Dlali was found dead on Monday morning.

Dlali served as a Member of Parliament representing Gugulethu between 2001 and 2009, before joining the ministry of women, children and people with disabilities as special adviser to Minister Lulu Xingwana. He served on various parliamentary portfolio committees in the National Assembly, including provincial and local government, minerals and energy and defence.  A former underground operative of the ANC’s military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), Mr. Dlali was born on 23 January 1960 in Mount Frere in the Eastern Cape.

He served in various provincial structures of the ANC in the Western Cape, including as a member of the Provincial Executive Committee and Chairman of the party’s Dullah Omar region.

We are humbled to have worked with Mr. Dlali and extend our heartfelt condolences to his family, the ANC and the nation. May his legacy of service to humanity and a non-racial and democratic South Africa continue inspire generations to come and serve an example and reminder to us all.

Hamba Kahle! May his soul rest in peace.

The management and staff, ETHICORE Consulting and Advisory Solutions.

State of the Nation 2012 Review

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.

Download the the 2012 State of the Nation Review here: State of the Nation 2012 Review3