Date: Wednesday, November
North West Premier, Thandi Modise, today (Thurs), announced
a revamped cabinet of six new faces, left out four but
retained some of the old guard in one of the major anticipated
shake-up in the history of the provincial cabinet.
move has also resulted in the realignment of two
departments with the introduction also of the provincial
ministry responsible for Women, Children and People
The six newcomers to the executive council (MECs)
following the provincial regime change seven days ago
Dr Magome Masike (Department of Health);
Chauke (Department of Sports Arts and Culture);
Paul Sebego (Department of Local Government and Traditional
Mr Raymond Elisha (Department of Education)
Ms Mosetsanagape Mokomela-Mothibi (Department of
Social Development and Women, Children and People With
Ms Tebogo Modise (Economic Development,
Environment and Tourism).
Those, no longer part of cabinet are:
Ms Mmaphefo Wendy Matsemela (Economic Development and
Rebecca Kasienyana (Health);
Howard Yawa (Safety);
Gordon Kegakilwe (Local Government) and
the Reverend Johannes Tselapedi (Education).
MECs remaining in their current positions are:
Mr Mahlakeng Mahlakeng (Public Works, Roads and Transport);
Mr Boitumelo Tshwene (Agriculture and Rural Development);
Ms Louisa Mabe (Finance) and
Ms Desbo Mohono (Human
Settlements, Safety and Liaison).
The reconstituted cabinet was today (Thurs) immediately
sworn into office by Judge President of the North West
High Court, Monica Leeuw, minutes before members could
officially take their respective seats for the scheduled
business of the day in the provincial legislature.
Today was the last sitting of the provincial legislature
before Christmas recess.
on the changes, Modise said she was ``confident’’ her
new-look team would ``hit the ground running’’ and
ensure that government delivered on the key priorities
to improve the lives of the people of the province.
Reflecting on her acceptance speech as Premier, she
``Our province has numerous challenges which require
all of us, to cut back on fancy words and begin to
I am committed to serve our country and its people.
Together and with this team, we will lead from the
frontline for others to follow, in our quest to make
our province better,’’ Modise said.
She lamented the poor state of the road infrastructure
in the province, chronic water shortages particularly
especially in rural areas, and the generally substandard
quality of service to ordinary people in the province.
``We must teach people of the North West to demand
good service. This province does not give good service,
in the spirit of Batho Pele. Instead, it is the opposite
that happens…Rona Pele (us first)’’ she
by Chief Directorate: Communication
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