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Ramaphosa should be commended for reducing Cabinet - analyst

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s sixth administration has been welcomed on many fronts, with some analysts commending him for a diverse Cabinet.

President Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn-in as a Member of Parliament on 22 May 2019. Picture: @PresidencyZA/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG – President Cyril Ramaphosa’s sixth administration has been welcomed on many fronts, with some analysts commending him for a diverse Cabinet.

Ramaphosa has reconfigured his Cabinet and downscaled it from 36 to 28 ministers and combined ministries.

Ahead of the announcement Ramaphosa last week said he would appoint an executive that would be welcomed by the public.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced the composition of the national executive at the Union Buildings.  He revealed that the number of Cabinet portfolios would be trimmed down from 36 to 28.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni said that Ramaphosa’s new Cabinet inspires confidence, especially his promise to monitor the performance of the new appointments.

Fikeni said the president should be commended for reducing his Cabinet.

“More important is the reduction of the Cabinet positions. It may not be as drastic as we might have thought but at least it’s still significant.

“And also more important is the president’s promise that you will have performance agreements and if people are not performing, action will be taken.”

Ramaphosa has thanked outgoing members of the executive saying they would be given suitable responsibilities where they will be able to continue serving the country.

WATCH: Meet Ramaphosa's new 50/50 Cabinet

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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