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Zwane sworn in as Minister of Mineral Resources

Zwane replaces Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who has now been appointed as Public Service Minister.

The new Minister of Mineral Resources, Mosebenzi Zwane reading the oath as he sworn in to his new role at the Union Buildings.Picture: Masego Rahlaga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The new Mineral Resources Minister has officially been sworn in at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

Minister Mosebenzi Zwane was appointed by President Jacob Zuma yesterday.

He replaces Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, who has now been appointed as Public Service Minister.

This afternoon's proceedings took less than five minutes.

Both Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa witnessed the affirmation of South Africa's new Mineral Resources Minister.

Constitutional Court Justice Johan van de Westhuizen officiated.

Zwane read out his oath and signed on the dotted line.

"I Mosebenzi Joseph Zwane swear that I will be faithful to the Republic of South Africa and will obey, respect and uphold the Constitution and all other laws of the public. I undertake to hold my office as Minister with honour and dignity; to be a true and faithful council not to divulge directly or indirectly any secret matter divulge to me and to perform the function of my office conscientiously and to the best of my ability."

The president and his deputy wished him well, giving him handshakes and hugs.

Zwane says he is honoured to have been entrusted with his new position and has thanked President Jacob Zuma and others who trust him.

"Well let me, first and foremost, thank the opportunity given to me as a new minister. I am going to give it my best shot."

The new minister says he is expecting to receive widespread support from within his new portfolio.

"I believe with the support of all the South Africans [and] the department, we should be able to tackle the issues facing this department."

'RAMATLHODI WAS DOING WELL'

Opposition parties have reacted with shock and dismay to Zwane's appointment.

Mining regulatory expert Peter Leon says Ramatlhodi was performing well in a difficult portfolio.

"It's a very surprising development, and quite unexpected, both because I think Ramatlhodi has done a pretty good job in mineral resources."