President Jacob Zuma has on Tuesday announced several changes to his Cabinet.
The changes, the President said, come in the wake of three vacancies in the National Executive, due to the death of Minister of Public Service and Administration Roy Padayachie, the resignation of Economic Development Deputy Minister Enoch Godongwana and the shifting of former Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu to Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities.
President Zuma announced that Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu will now take over the portfolio of Public Service and Administration, while Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will move over to Defence.
Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele has been moved to the Correctional Services portfolio, while Ben Martins will take over from Ndebele.
Jeremy Cronin has been moved from Department of Transport to Public Works - as a Deputy Minister.
Other Deputy Minister appointments include that Sindisiwe Chikunga to the Transport portfolio, Gratitude Magwanishe to Public Enterprises, Hlengiwe Mkhize to Economic Development and Mduduzi Manana to Higher Education and Training.
The President welcomed the new members and wished them well in their new positions.