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Zulu to hit the ground running

Lindiwe Zulu has been appointed as the Minister of Small Business Development.

outh African Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu. Picture: UN Photo.

JOHANNESBURG -The first Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu says consultation and implementation will be her areas of focus as she starts from scratch.

Zulu was previously President Jacob Zuma's advisor on international affairs.

She says she's excited about her new career.

"I have travelled quite a lot and I have seen how small and medium enterprises contribute towards job creation. I think it's important to assist South Africans to have an understanding of the processes so they can take advantage of what is available to them."

Zulu, along with 34 other ministers and 37 deputy ministers were sworn in at the presidential guesthouse in Pretoria on Monday afternoon in front of dignitaries which included senior ANC officials and members of the Presidency.

The event was presided over by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma announced his new Cabinet in Pretoria on Sunday evening, just a day after his inauguration at the Union Buildings.

The president, now in his second term in office, announced sweeping changes to his team.

The new Cabinet has 35 ministers, of which only 14 have managed to hang on to their portfolios.

Eight of Zuma's previous Cabinet members have been shown the door and another six have been demoted or moved sideways.