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Makhura announces Cabinet

The newly appointed premier announced that Barbara Creecy will be the new Gauteng finance MEC.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura addresses the provincial legislature after being elected to head the province in Johannesburg on 21 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly appointed Gauteng Premier David Makhura on Friday announced changes to his provincial cabinet.

He replaced Nomvula Mokonyane on Wednesday following the 7 May general elections.

Makhura announced his new cabinet at his Johannesburg office on Friday.

Outgoing Gauteng Education MEC Barbara Creecy, one of three names nominated by provincial ANC structures for the post of premier, will be the new finance MEC.

The appointment of Creecy to such an important post may be seen as a sign that Makhura is willing to work closely with those who held top jobs in Mokonyane's administration.

Panyaza Lesufi will replace Creecy in the provincial education department.

Lesufi's move to the province comes after he acted as spokesperson for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

The premier also announced that Lebogang Maile will be his new MEC for infrastructure development.

Qedani Mahlangu takes over at the health department.

Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi will stay on his portfolio.