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Zuma appoints new ministers, deputy ministers

South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday announced changes to his cabinet, promoting Lechesa Tsenoli as the new Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.Tsenoli leaves his portfolio as Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform.

He replaces Richard Baloyi, who served in the ministry after the death of Sicelo Shiceka.

The Human Settlements portfolio also sees a change, with the promotion of Connie September to the office, while the new Minister of Communications will be Yunus Carrim, promoted from the post of Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

September is a member of parliament and a member of the Portfolio Committee on Trade and Industry and Portfolio Committee on Water Affairs and Forestry in the National Assembly.

Transport Minister Ben Martins will move to Energy, swapping posts with Minister Dipuo Peters who moves to Transport.

Another appointee is John Jefferey as Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Michael Masutha takes over the post of Deputy Minister of Science and Technology and the new Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs is Andries Nel.

Pamela Tshwete completes the list as the new Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, according to President Zuma who made the announcement at his Union Building offices in Pretoria.

After thanking the outgoing ministers for their contribution, Zuma said: “We wish all incoming members of the cabinet all the best in their new portfolios.”

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