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After waiting for more than a month, South Africa has finally met its new cabinet under the leadership of President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa was elected as President on Friday 14 June, while the cabinet announcement was made on Sunday 30 June.

What sets this National Executive apart from the other administration, and why it took so much longer to finalise, is that it’s inclusive of all the parties to the Government of National Unity (GNU).

There are 11 parties included in the GNU, they are the African National Congress, Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party, Good Party, Patriotic Alliance, Pan Africanist Congress of Azania, Freedom Front Plus, Al Jama-ah, United Democratic Movement, Rise Mzansi, and the United Africans Transformation.

Ramaphosa said that the intention was to reduce the number of portfolios in the National Executive, but that it hasn’t been possible since certain portfolios had to be separated to “ensure that there is sufficient focus on key issues”.

Some of the members are Paul Mashatile as the Deputy president, DA leader John Steenhuisen as the Minister of Agriculture, Siviwe as the Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga as the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Enoch Godongwana as the Minister of Finance, Patricia de Lille as the Minister of Tourism, and Pieter Groenewald as the Minister of Correctional Services.

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