First day at work after reshuffle

New ministers and deputy ministers will today start in their new positions.

President Jacob Zuma announces a cabinet reshuffle on 12 June 2012. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Several ministers and deputy ministers will assume new responsibilities and challenges on Wednesday, after Tuesday's cabinet reshuffle.

President Jacob Zuma announced his third reshuffle in one term during a media briefing at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

In the shake-up, former Defence and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was moved to the Department of Public Service and Administration, while former Minister of Roads and Transport Sibusiso Ndebele was moved to the Department of Correctional Services.

Former Correctional Services Minister, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, was moved to the defence department.

Sisulu refused to speak to Eyewitness News , but Democratic Alliance Shadow Minister of Defence and Military Veterans David Maynier could not contain his joy.

"I'm delighted to hear the news that Lindiwe Sisulu has been fired."

Meanwhile, new Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Tourism Hlengiwe Mkhize announced her priorities.

"There are concerns that we haven't been able to transform our economy."

She added that she would also like to see more women occupying key roles in the corporate industry and government.

She previously served as deputy correctional services minister.

Newly appointed Deputy Minister of Higher Education Mdu Manana said he was thrilled at his appointment.

He said having led the South African Students' Congress (Sasco) in the past, there were issues that remained close to his heart.

"Currently it's free education, which is a priority of the department".

Manana is also a National Executive Committee member of the ANC Youth League.

The reshuffle comes after the death of former Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie in May.