WC govt announces new Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC

Anroux Marais will fill the post following Theuns Botha's resignation at the weekend.

FILE: Anroux Marais has taken over from Theuns Botha. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape government has announced its new Cultural Affairs and Sport MEC.

Anroux Marais will fill the post following the resignation of Theuns Botha at the weekend.

Marais has served on the Cultural Affairs and Sport Portfolio Committee since 2004.

She has also previously chaired the Portfolio Committees of Health and Social Development.

Spokesperson for the premier's office Michael Mpofu says Marais is perfect for the position.

"Her experience in all those roles gives her the knowledge that's needed for this position. We are confident she has the skills to carry out whatever is needed in making sure the department is run efficiently, providing services and opportunities in that area."

In January, the Western Cape government denied there was anything sinister behind its Cabinet reshuffle.

After five years in his post, Botha was replaced by Nomafrench Mbombo as Provincial Health MEC, while he was shifted to the Cultural Affairs and Sport Portfolio.

Provincial Health Department's spokesperson, Helene Rossouw said, "It has nothing to do with the composition of the party. Unfortunately he has a health problem so the move to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, and he accepts that."