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‘Reshuffles do not cause instability in public service’

New Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi says she recognises concerns surrounding the reshuffle, but insists government is run by competent officials.

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi. Picture: Parliament.co.za.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi has downplayed concerns that President Jacob Zuma's frequent Cabinet reshuffles will create instability in the public service.

She was responding to questions at a post-Cabinet briefing in Pretoria on Thursday.

Zuma announced major changes to his Cabinet on Tuesday for the second time this year.

Kubayi says she recognises concerns surrounding the reshuffle, but insists government is run by competent officials.

“Service delivery and work I don’t think gets affected because we have a professional public service that is operating.

"In departments, you have the whole teams of exco which is led by a professional person who is not a politician, who is not politically appointed.”

SAA

Meanwhile, Kubayi says the focus of Cabinet’s discussion on the new South African Airways (SAA) board was on its ability to turn the struggling airline around.

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced six new members of the board including the replacement of Dudu Myeni.

Kubayi says Cabinet did not discuss Myeni or her role at the embattled carrier.

“Part of the discussion was to look at how do we ensure that SAA is back on track, SAA is able to function effectively.”

She says her counterpart Gigaba has Cabinet’s full support.

“We are comfortable and confident in the work that is being done by Minster Gigaba in putting in place things that need to be done to turn around SAA and make it profitable again.”

Kubayi also says Cabinet is satisfied with Gigaba’s assurances to investors and rating agencies.

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