President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the list of the new cabinet ministers and deputies for the seventh administration. The announcement by Ramaphosa comes after the Government of National Unity with various parties.

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This includes the Democratic Alliance, Inkatha Freedom Party, Patriotic Alliance, Freedom Front Plus, Pan Africanist Congress and GOOD.

THE LIST OF THE NEW CABINET MINISTERS AS ANNOUNCED BY PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA ON SUNDAY

Deputy President: Paul Mashatile.

Minister of Agriculture: John Steenhuisen.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture: Rosemary Nokuzola Capa.

Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development: Mzwanele Nyhontso.

Deputy Minister of Land Reform and Rural Development: Chupu Stanley Mathabatha.

Minister of Basic Education: Siviwe Gwarube.

Deputy Minister of Basic Education: Reginah Mhaule.

Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies: Solly Malatsi.

Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies: Mondli Gungubele. Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Velinkosi Hlabisa. Deputy Ministers of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs: Dickson Masemola and Zolile Burns‐Ncamashe.

Minister of Defence and Military Veterans: Angie Motshekga.

Deputy Ministers of Defence and Military Veterans: Bantu Holomisa and Richard Mkhungo.

Minister of Electricity and Energy: Kgosientsho Ramokgopa.

Deputy Minister of Electricity and Energy: Samantha Graham.

Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation: Blade Nzimande.

Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation: Nomalungelo Gina.

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Minister of Employment and Labour: Nomakhosazana Meth.

Deputy Ministers of Employment and Labour: Jomo Sibiya and Phumzile Mgcina. Minister of Finance: Enoch Godongwana.

Deputy Ministers of Finance: David Masondo and Ashor Sarupen.

Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: Dion George.

Deputy Ministers of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment: Narend Singh and Bernice Swarts.

Minister of Health: Aaron Motsoaledi.

Deputy Minister of Health: Joe Phaahla.

Minister of Higher Education: Nobuhle Nkabane.

Deputy Ministers of Higher Education: Buti Manamela and Mimmy Gondwe.

Minister of Home Affairs: Leon Schreiber.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs: Njabulo Nzuza.

Minister of Human Settlements: Mmamoloko Kubayi.

Deputy Minister of Human Settlements: Tandi Mahambehlala.

Minister of International Relations and Cooperation: Ronald Lamola.

Deputy Ministers of International Relations and Cooperation: Alvin Botes and Tandi Moraka.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development: Thembi Nkadimeng.

Deputy Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development: Andries Nel. Minister of Mineral and Petroleum Resources: Gwede Mantashe.

Deputy Minister of Mineral and Petroleum Resources: Judith Nemadzinga‐Tshabalala.

Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Maropene Ramokgopa.

Deputy Minister of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation: Seiso Mohai.

Minister of Police: Senzo Mchunu.

Deputy Ministers of Police: Polly Boshielo and Cassel Mathale.

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Minister in the Presidency: Khumbudzo Ntshavheni.

Deputy Ministers in the Presidency: Nonceba Mhlauli and Kenneth Morolong. Minister of Public Service and Administration: Mzamo Buthelezi.

  List of new cabinet ministers under President Cyril Ramaphosa announced
President Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration: Pinky Kekana.

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure is Dean Macpherson.

Deputy Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure:

Sihle Zikalala. Minister of Small Business Development: Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams. Deputy Minister of Small Business Development: Jane Sithole.

Minister of Social Development: Sisisi Tolashe

Deputy Minister of Social Development: Ganief Hendricks.

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture: Gayton McKenzie.

Deputy Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture: Peace Mabe.

Minister of Tourism: Patricia De Lille.

Deputy Minister of Tourism: Maggie Sotyu.

Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition: Parks Tau.

Deputy Ministers of Trade, Industry and Competition: Zuko Godlimpi and Andrew Whitfield.

Minister of Transport: Barbara Creecy. Deputy Minister of Transport: Mkhuleko Hlengwa.
Minister of Water and Sanitation: Pemmy Majodina.

Deputy Ministers of Water and Sanitation: David Mahlobo and Isaac Seitlholo. Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities: Sindisiwe Chikunga. Deputy Minister of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities: Mmapaseka Steve Letsike.

Minister of Correctional Services: Pieter Groenewald. Deputy Minister of Correctional Services: Lindiwe Ntshalintshali.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will announce a new cabinet on Sunday evening, 30 June. The presidency revealed on their social media platforms on Sunday evening.

The announcement follows the inauguration of President Ramaphosa on Wednesday, 19 June 2024. The inauguration follows the President’s election by the National Assembly on Friday, 14 June.

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The new National Executive will constitute the 7th Democratic Administration as a Government of National Unity comprising a diversity of political parties as an outcome of the national and provincial elections held on Wednesday, 29 May 2024.

President Cyril Ramaphosa to announce new cabinet
President Ramaphosa during his inauguration

SA PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA WILL ANNOUNCE A NEW CABINET ON SUNDAY EVENING

The SABC will provide a content feed to all media. PresidencyZA will also live stream the proceedings. The announcement will take place at 21h00.

It’s a dream come true for Lefa Aphane from Dennilton, Limpopo who was confirmed as the latest signing by DStv Premiership club Cape Town City. Aphane impressed during a trial recently at the club.

The 22-year-old was first spotted while playing for Limpopo SAFA ABC Motsepe League side Tzaneen United.

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Nicknamed ‘Toy’, Aphane is described as talented, dedicated, and a hard worker. City beat clubs such as Polokwane City and Sekhukhune United who were reportedly interested in the player.

“Lefa [Aphane] is a young, promising player and I think he has a great future ahead of him,” said City coach Eric Tinkler.

“Finding him the way we did was a miracle and with hard work from his side, he’ll become an exceptional footballer.”

Limpopo-born youngster Lefa Aphane signs with DStv Premiership club Cape Town City
Eric Tinkler and Lefa Aphane

LEFA APHANE FROM LIMPOPO HAS BEEN SIGNED BY DSTV PREMIERSHIP SIDE CAPE TOWN CITY 

Meanwhile, Tzaneen United also bid farewell to the player whom they wished well in his career.  

“As he prepares to don the colours of Cape Town City, Tzaneen United acknowledges his role in shaping the club’s success and wishes him the best in his future endeavours,” the club said in a statement through club chairman Dennis Mafologela. 

“His journey serves as inspiration for aspiring footballers in the region. Demonstrating that talent and perseverance can open doors to greater opportunities.

“The departure of a player of his calibre is undoubtedly a loss for Tzaneen United.  But it also signifies the club’s ability to nurture talent and propel players to higher levels of competition,” he said.

“As he transitions to a new environment, Tzaneen United remains proud of his roots. The impact he has made on the local football scene.”

Meanwhile, Cape Town City have also announced the signing of Elson Ayanda Sithole from Magesi FC. 

Burgersfort police in the Sekhukhune District, Limpopo are investigating an inquest case after the discovery of human remains next to an initiation school. The human remains were discovered on Wednesday, 26 June 2024, at Stocking Mbabalelo bushes.

According to reports, initiates were gathering firewood when they came across human remains. Including a skull as well as male and female clothing that included grey trousers, red jersey, grey socks, and grey traditional women’s outfit.

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It appears that the bones have been at the scene for an extended period of time. The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated, and the identity of the deceased remains unknown at this stage.

Human remains discovered next to an initiation school in Limpopo 
Human remains

LIMPOPO POLICE SEEK INFORMATION AFTER HUMAN REMAIN WERE DISCOVERED NEXT TO INITIATION SCHOOL 

Anyone with information that can assist with the investigations should contact Burgersfort Detective-Commander Colonel Ngele Mahlathini at 082 573 3645. Crime stop number 0860010111, nearest police station, or share information on MySAPSApp.

Meanwhile, still in Limpopo, a 20-year-old suspect, Parsons Seepi Maduwe accused of the murder of his 16-year-old brother, Rethabile Matsobane Maduwe has appeared before Phalala Magistrate’s Court on Friday 28 June. His case was postponed until Thursday 04 July 2024 for formal bail application and further police investigation.

The incident took place at Vianeen village, Marken, under Villa Nora policing area on Wednesday, 26 June. The police were on duty when they received a complaint about the murder.

Upon arrival at the scene, they discovered a teenage body lying on his bed facing up with stab wounds on his back.

The two brothers allegedly got into a heated argument which escalated to a physical fight. During which the brother allegedly stabbed the younger brother in the back with a knife. After the ordeal, the suspect went to the relatives to inform them about the incident. The Emergency Medical Personnel certified the victim dead at the scene.

The Thabamoopo Regional Court in Limpopo sentenced a 37-year-old man to serve life imprisonment in jail for the rape of his daughter.

The sentence was handed down on Thursday, 27 June after the accused was found guilty of raping his 11-year-old  biological daughter.

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It emanated from a reprehensible event that unfolded at Ga-Ntamatisi village in Zebediela, Capricorn District on 30 April  2021. The convict raped his biological daughter, who was 11 years old at the time. He waited until his wife left home and sneaked on the child and violated her.

The victim disclosed the ordeal to her mother when she returned, and the matter was immediately reported to the police.

Limpopo man rape his biological daughter
Jail Door

A 37-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS SENTENCED TO LIFE FOR THE RAPE OF HIS BIOLOGICAL DAUGHTER

The accused was arrested the following day, and Detective Sergeant Khomotso Rammutla was assigned to investigate the case. He successfully opposed bail and secured the lengthy sentence.

Commissioner of SAPS in Limpopo Lieutenant General Thembi Hadebe has praised the diligent work of the investigating officer. She stated that the sentence serves as a stern warning that such a heinous nature will not be tolerated in our society.

Limpopo Premier, Dr Phophi Ramathuba led Members of the Executive Council [MECs] on a visit to the ZCC churches in Moria this week. On Wednesday, 26 June, the Premier and her MECs visited His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop Dr Engenas Lekganyane outside Polokwane.

On Friday, 28 June Dr Ramathuba went to His Grace The Right Reverend Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane to seek divine intervention and God’s guidance in the challenging task ahead of the 7th Administration.

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During the visits, the provincial leaders were warmly welcomed by both Bishops, who expressed their commitment to fostering a consistent working relationship with the provincial government.

LIMPOPO PREMIER DR PHOPHI RAMATHUBA AND HER MECs SEEK GOD INTERVENTION FOLLOWING HER VISIT TO MORIA

“We came to convey our message of appreciation as the government for the support that you have provided,” said Premier Dr Ramathuba.  

“We thank you for the overwhelming support that Limpopo, the home of ZCC, has shown in the recent past.”

  Limpopo Premier Dr Ramathuba visit ZCC Churches to seek divine intervention
Bishop Dr Barnabas Lekganyane with Limpopo Premier Dr Phophi Ramathuba and her MECs

“As the Provincial Government, we believe in transparency and unity. We have constituted the Executive Council, and we are here today to introduce ourselves as a collective team dedicated to advancing Limpopo,” she added.

“We value the support you have shown us and want to ensure that our partnership continues to flourish.”

Furthermore, the Premier emphasised the importance of acknowledging God and seeking divine guidance in the challenging journey ahead. Drawing parallels to the leadership of Moses, she highlighted the need for prayers and spiritual support for the Executive Council as they embark on their responsibilities.

Dr Ramathuba also commended the ZCC for their unwavering commitment to community welfare, citing their collaborative efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, road safety initiatives, educational support, and crime prevention programmes. She expressed the government’s eagerness to continue working hand in hand with the church to address societal challenges and promote moral values.

The visit to the ZCC churches underscored the government’s commitment to inclusivity, partnership and shared values with religious institutions in Limpopo. It also serves as a testament to the importance of collaboration in building a stronger and more cohesive community.

The Thabazimbi Local Municipality in Limpopo have clarified the delay in the payment of their salaries and the suitability of the acting Municipal Manager. The information was first revealed by the EFF in Limpopo on Wednesday. They also raised the issue of the suitability of the acting Municipal Manager Rabelani Tshiswaise.

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“We are particularly critical of Rabelani Tshiswaise. Who went from being a manager in Spatial Planning and Land use Management to an illegitimate Acting Municipal Manager overnight,” said the EFF.

“The EFF views this situation as a gross injustice that demands immediate attention. It is unacceptable that dedicated public servants are being denied their rightful compensation for their hard work and dedication.”

But on Friday, the Municipality issued an official statement on the accusations by the EFF. The salaries have also since been paid.

Thabazimbi Municipality clarifies issue of salaries
Thabazimbi Municipality

ISSUES OF NON-PAYMENT OF EMPLOYEE’S SALARIES CLARIFIED BY THE THABAZIMBI MUNICIPALITY

“We would like to address the recent claims made by the EFF in Limpopo regarding the non-payment of salaries to our dedicated workers and councillors, and the suitability of the acting Municipal Manager,” said the Municipality.

“First and foremost, we want to emphasize that the well-being and fair treatment of our employees are of utmost importance to us. The Municipality has always strived to ensure that salaries are paid in a timely manner.

“We are committed to ensuring that our employees receive the compensation they deserve for their hard work. Regarding the concerns raised about the acting Municipal Manager, we assure the public that the individual appointed to this position is well qualified and capable of fulfilling the responsibilities entrusted to them.”

“The Municipality follows a rigorous selection process for all leadership positions. We are confident in the abilities of our acting Municipal Manager to effectively lead and manage the Municipality.

“In conclusion, the Thabazimbi Local Municipality remains committed to transparency, accountability, and continuous improvement. We are open to engaging with all stakeholders. Including the EFF, to address concerns, collaborate on solutions. Work towards the common goal of serving the community of Thabazimbi. To the best of our abilities.”

The Polokwane Specialised Commercial Crimes Court has sentenced Limpopo Government spokesperson Ndavhe Ramakuela to pay a fine of R 5000 or to serve 12 months imprisonment. Ramakuela is the Chief Director of Communications in Limpopo’s Premier Office

The 53-year-old is facing four counts of contravention of section 75(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act number 58 of 1962 as amended [non-submission of Personal Income Tax Returns]. Seven counts of contravention of section 234(2) (d) read with sections 1 and 25 of Tax Administrative Act number 28 of 2011 (non-submission of personal income tax returns ITR12).

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He pleaded guilty and stated that between the 2007 and 2017 tax years, he failed to submit his individual income tax returns as required by the South African Revenue Services [SARS] and without reasonable explanation given. 

Limpopo spokesperson Ndavhe Ramakuela sentenced for failure to submit tax returns  
Ndavhe Ramakuela

In aggravation of the sentence, state Advocate Sewela Mphasha, submitted to the court that failure to submit personal income tax returns hampers SARS with their revenue collection mandate.  She further said that the accused is an office bearer who should lead by example and ensure that his tax affairs are in order. She also concluded by submitting that the state prosecutes irrespective of the accused’s position in society. 

NPA IN LIMPOPO WELCOMES THE SENTENCE OF NDAVHE RAMAKUELA FOR  TAX RETURNS

The NPA has also welcomed the sentence. “The Director of Public Prosecutions, Advocate Ivy Thenga, hopes that this will send a clear message to public officials that there is no unlawful conduct that will be left unpunished. The DPP further commended the good work done by advocate Mphasha of the Tax Unit and investigating officer, Sergeant Mbhalati of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI),” said the NPA in Limpopo. 

A 46-year-old Man from Sekhukhune in Limpopo killed his relative [49]  for allegedly stealing personal belongings. The incident took place on Thursday, 20 June in Mohlaletse village. 

The suspect confronted the victim at his residence, accusing him of stealing personal belongings. An argument ensued, escalating into a physical altercation.

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It is alleged that during the confrontation, the suspect fatally injured the victim. He handed himself over to the police on Tuesday, 25 June following a thorough police investigation. The Man identified as Justice Mampuru appeared before Sekhukhune Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, 26 June.

Limpopo Man has killed his relative whom he accused of stealing his belongings
Limpopo Province

THE MAN WHO KILLED HIS RELATIVE IN LIMPOPO MADE HIS FIRST COURT APPEARANCE 

Mampuru was remanded in custody until Monday, 01 July 2024 for a formal bail application and further police investigation. The deceased has been identified as Jeremy Phasha(49).

The Proteas made history by booking their first-ever spot in the final of the ICC T20 World Cup on Thursday. Captain Aiden Markram and his team registered an emphatic nine-wicket win over Afghanistan in their semi-final clash at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago.

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Batters Reeza Hendricks and Markram saw them home on a difficult surface with a 55-run second-wicket partnership. leading their team to 60 for one in 8.5 overs, sauntering home with 11.1 overs to spare after bowling out their surprise semi-final opponents for just 56.

Proteas into the T20 World Cup final after historic win 
Proteas players celebrate a win against Afghanistan

CAPTAIN AIDEN MARKRAM EXCITED AS PROTEAS REACH THEIR FIRST-EVER T20 WORLD CUP FINAL

“There are a lot of people waking up with a little bit more grey hair. But this win will be more comforting for them,” he said.

“We’ve never been there before, but there’s a lot of belief. It takes a full squad to put together a really good game of cricket,” said Markram after the match.

Marco Jansen spearheaded the Proteas’ frontline attack, taking 3/16. Spinner Tabraiz Shamsi helped clean up the tail, returning 3/6. South Africa had no trouble chasing down their target as they raced to 60/1 in the ninth over, securing victory with 67 balls to spare.

It’s also the first time a team has bowled out their opposition for under 100 in a Men’s T20 World Cup semi-final.

The Proteas will now face either India or  England in the T20 World Cup final, to be played in Barbados on Saturday. India and England will compete in the other semi-final in Guyana on Thursday at 16:30.