The President also assessed his battalion, planes, Air Force
jets and planes.
Numerous heads of state from across the African continent
attended Ramaphosa’s inauguration including those of Zimbabwe,
Namibia, Tanzania, Togo, Angola, Democratic Republic of the
Ramaphosa is expected to announce his new trimmer cabinet on
Sunday or Monday. It remains unclear as to who would become his
South Africa president
urged to slash bloated cabinet
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
By slashing the bloated cabinet to 15
ministries, the country would save almost five billion rand
(about 347 million U.S. dollars) each year, the Democratic
Alliance (DA) said.
As the country’s economy is stagnant, and millions of South
Africans do not have jobs, a leaner, efficient and
service-oriented government can focus its efforts on delivering
services and creating an environment for economic growth and job
creation, DA national spokesperson Solly Malatsi said.
The DA issued the statement after Ramaphosa’s office said on
Sunday that the president, who was inaugurated on May 25, would
announce his much-anticipated cabinet later this week.
Ramaphosa had been widely expected to announce his cabinet on
Monday but he postponed the announcement pending the swearing in
of would-be Deputy President David Mabuza as a Member of
Parliament (MP) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
Mabuza was not sworn in with other MPs on May 22.
He requested the postponement of his swearing in until
allegations against him had been dealt with within the ANC’s
Mabuza was named in a report by the commission, in which he
is alleged to have prejudiced the integrity of the party and
brought the organization into disrepute.
Before becoming deputy president last year, Mabuza was
premier of Mpumalanga Province which is allegedly one of the
most corrupt provinces in the country.
Mabuza said he wanted his name cleared before being sworn in
as an MP.
The continued uncertainty over the makeup of the new cabinet
does not bode well for investor confidence and the rand has
already been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the overdue
announcement, said Malatsi.
Before being inaugurated, Ramaphosa had committed himself to
rooting out corruption and to appointing a leaner and more
"The President will have the full support of the Democratic
Alliance if he appoints ministers who are competent, effective
and beyond reproach," Malatsi said.
The country needs women and men in the cabinet who realize
that holding the title of "Minister" is a call to serve all the
people of South Africa, said Malatsi.
Ramaphosa, who took over his predecessor Jacob Zuma in
February last year when the latter resigned over corruption
allegations, inherited from Zuma a bloated cabinet which is by
far one of the biggest in the world, with 35 ministers and 37
deputy ministers, prompting repeated calls for Ramaphosa to
downsize the cabinet.
South Africa expands
marine protection areas
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
South Africa has expanded its marine protection
areas (MPAs) to provide protection to 90 percent of marine
habitat types, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)
said on Tuesday.
The move, which is in line with South Africa’s international
commitments, strives to support multiple objectives for
biodiversity in alignment with ocean economy goals, the DEA
This new network of 20 MPAs will contribute to fisheries
sustainability, advance marine ecotourism and help maintain
resilience in ecosystems that are under stress from climate
change, DEA spokesperson Zolile Nqayi said.
The expansion has increased South Africa’s marine ecosystem
area under protection in the country’s Exclusive Economic Zone
from the current 0.4 percent to 5.4 percent.
The new MPAs represent seamounts, submarine canyons, volcanic
pinnacles, and a variety of ecosystem types on the shelf,
continental margin and abyss in both the Indian and Atlantic
oceans, according to the DEA.
They also provide the first protection for several threatened
and fragile ecosystem types, including threatened mud, gravel,
and shelf edge habitats and sensitive deep water scleractinian
corals, according to the DEA.
South Africa’s ocean space, which is one of the most varied
in the world, is highly productive with rich biodiversity
providing for living and non-living resources that contribute
significantly to the country’s economy and to job creation.
The MPAs contribute to growing South Africa’s marine
eco-tourism sector by providing undisturbed natural habitat for
whales, sharks, seals, dolphins, turtles and seabirds for
international and domestic tourists to experience, Nqayi said.
An adequate network of MPAs also provide the basis for
ongoing resilience to the impact of climate change, he said.
The new MPA network is a product of extensive consultation
and negotiation with all stakeholders, which sought to ensure
that the network is aligned with relevant policies and
priorities for fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, as well as
marine mining and oil exploration, while also protecting
ecologically important areas, said Nqayi.
South Africa opposition
pledges to support government in growing economy
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- South Africa’s main opposition
Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday pledged to work with the
government to improve the country’s economy and better the lives
of the people.
The DA leader Mmusi Maimane congratulated Cyril Ramaphosa who
was sworn in as the President of South Africa. Maimane called on
the President to consider reducing economic cluster to three key
ministries to enable more coherent economic policy.
"If the President does what is in the interest of South
Africa and is genuine about economic reform, he will have the
full support of the DA," said Maimane.
He called on the finance minister to set a debt ceiling.
Maimane also called on the public enterprises minister to
privatize non-strategic state owned enterprises.
The opposition also called for restructuring of the power
utility Eskom to enable a private-sector-led transition to
cheaper, cleaner energy sources.
Maimane said, "The minister must be commuted to visa reform
to boost tourism and investment so it is easier for critical
skills and foreign currency to enter South Africa."
The opposition also called for the reduction of the Cabinet
Ministers by merging some ministries.
South African Chief Justice swears in Cyril Ramaphosa as