New WC Cultural & Sport MEC to be sworn in on Friday

Anroux Marais will fill the position after Theuns Botha’s resignation.

FILE: The Western Cape Provincial Legislature. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Newly appointed Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sports MEC will be sworn in next Friday.

The provincial government on Wednesday announced Anroux Marais will fill the position following the resignation of Theuns Botha last weekend.

Morais 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.

She says she's up for the challenge.

"My focus will be to get all the people together with sports and culture and to make the Western Cape the location for sports and culture nationally and internationally."

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."