Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment

Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment
BRAND NEW: Former speaker of the Mpumalanga Legislature Thandi Shongwe is now MEC for Culture, sports and recreation. PICTURE BY MfisoDIGITAL/ZK.

Mtsweni began announcing a realignment of her cabinet soon after being elected the new Premier of Mpumalanga.

Mpumalanga legislature speaker Thandi Shongwe is now an MEC…

Shongwe became an MEC on Tuesday (20 Mar) this week following the election of Refilwe Mtsweni as the new Premier of Mpumalanga.

Violet Siwela, who was deputy speaker, will now become the new speaker of the Mpumalanga legislature.

Shongwe was announced the MEC of Sports and Recreation, taking over Norah Mahlangu who became the Human Settlements MEC.

Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment
New Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtsweni. PIC Lowvelder.


Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment
Norah Mahlangu. PIC MfisoDIGITAL/MLM.

Mtsweni moved Speedy Mashilo, who was Human Settlements MEC to the Department ofCooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Thandi Shongwe becomes MEC in Mtsweni cabinet realignment
New Mpumalanga cabinet.

Pat Ngomane will remain the Safety and Security MEC as well as Vusi Shongwe as Agriculture MEC, Sasekani Manzini Public Works, Roads and Transport, Busi Shiba Social Development and Gillon Mashego as the Health MEC.

Sibusiso Malaza was announced the new Education MEC, taking over from Reginah Mhaule who was announced as the Deputy Minister of International Relations during a cabinet reshuffle by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 26 February 2018.

Mtsweni was the MEC of Cooperative Governance and took over the reigns in February 2018 as the acting Premier when then Premier David Mabuza got appointed as the new deputy president of the Republic of South Africa.

In her speech as the newly elected Premier on Tuesday, Mtsweni promised to do all she can in making the lives of the people of Mpumalanga better.

“To the people of Mpumalanga I commit myself and my colleagues in government to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership. In the spirit of a united and democratic Republic as envisaged by the Constitution, I am committing myself to working with all political parties to ensure that we make our Province a better place for all,” she said.

“To young people who may have lost hope, I say we are not going to stand aside while they live aimless lives we will give them hope and the sense of purpose that comes with new training opportunities in order to ensure their personal and professional development, so that they too can take pride in being upstanding members of the society.

“To the women who live in rural villages in the far flung areas of this Province and those who live in the townships and urban areas, I say to you your government has heard your cries we will, together, bring real change to your lives,” Mtsweni said.

“Real change can never be measured by what government does on its own – real change is effectively measured when everyone steers in the same direction and aligns our individual responsibilities towards the advancement of making this province work for the benefit of all of us,” she said.

(edited by MLM)

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