Zuma makes structural changes in government

Pretoria – South African new President Jacob Zuma on Sunday announced far-reaching changes to the structure of government and his executive.

Presenting his new Cabinet to the media in Pretoria, he said a National Planning Commission (NPC) would be established in the presidency, to be headed by outgoing finance minister Trevor Manuel.

Manuel’s former post will be taken up by SA Revenue Service commissioner Pravin Gordhan.

The NPC would be responsible for strategic planning for the country, to ensure one national plan to which all spheres of government would adhere, he said.

"We have also created a monitoring and evaluation competency in the Presidency, to monitor and evaluate performance of government in all three spheres."

There would thus be two ministers in the Presidency, one responsible for the NPC and the other for monitoring, evaluation and administration in the Presidency, the latter to be headed by Collins Chabane.

Other changes include splitting the Minerals and Energy Department into two separate departments of mining and energy, each with a minister.

The Education Department also splits into two separate ministries – basic education, and higher education and training.

The Housing Department will become the Department of Human Settlements.

A new Rural Development and Land Affairs Department will be established.

The Water Affairs and Forestry Department becomes the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs.

A new Economic Development Department will be established to focus on economic policy making, but the implementation functions will remain with the Trade and Industry Department.

A new Tourism Department is being created, while Agriculture becomes Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

The Provincial and Local Government Department becomes Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Finally, a new ministry will be created for women, youth and the disabled. – SAPA