Western Cape Premier Alan Winde announced changes to his provincial cabinet on Friday morning.
Winde’s announcement comes after the resignation of Education MEC Debbie Schäfer on Wednesday as well as the the axing of former Community Safety MEC, Albert Fritz in March.
Fritz was fired from the provincial cabinet following an independent investigation which showed credibility into the sexual harassment allegations against him. He was suspended from the position in January.
The changes are:
- Tertuis Simmers is Provincial Minister of Infrastructure
- Daylin Mitchell is Provincial Minister of Mobility
- David Maynier is Provincial Minister of Education from May 15
- Mireille Wenger is Provincial Minister of Finance and Economic Opportunities from May 15
- Reagan Allen is Provincial Minister of Community Safety and Police Oversight
Nomafrench Mbombo remains the MEC for the Department of Health and Wellness, Sharna Fernandez the MEC for Social Development, Ivan Meyer is still in charge of the Agriculture portfolio, and Anroux Marais has also retained her position as MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, along with Anton Bredell, who will remain in Local Government and Planning.
Winde said after the challenges brought on by the size and severity of the Covid-19 pandemic, the demands on government across the board were now greater than ever before.
Winde said he and his cabinet were determined to stand up and step up.
“We rather need to be bold and push forward to do even better. And to do so, we must be agile, we must constantly rethink, and we must innovate.
“I also said that we must be courageous and unafraid to try new things. We must tackle the obstacles in our way, head-on and with tenacity, just as families and residents across our country and in the Western Cape do each and every day,” Winde said.
“We are unconditionally motivated to succeed because we know that if we do – that if we deliver our ‘north star’ priorities of jobs, safety and dignity for our people – the quality of life across our province will radically improve.
“And we know that to succeed under the circumstances facing us, in our changing world, we need to set a new course.”
He explained that this process of “refresh” means that certain changes are needed in the composition of the provincial government.
“That’s why I announced that we would create dedicated departments for infrastructure and for mobility, to place singular focus on both the challenges we face, and of equal importance, the major opportunities we can garner within these portfolios to drive jobs and dignity.
“It is also why I announced that we would create a Violence Prevention Unit in the newly named Department of Health and Wellness and prioritise police oversight, to an even greater extent, in our refocused Department of Community Safety and Police Oversight, so that every person can say that they live in a safer community.”
“I would like to extend a big thank you to Anroux Marais, our provincial Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, for taking responsibility for this portfolio over the last few months and under very trying circumstances.
“Despite these challenges, she has managed two important portfolios with vigour, ensuring much-needed stability,” Winde said.
“In closing, I want to also thank all my cabinet colleagues. It is a great privilege to serve the people of our province with you by my side, and I thank you for your hard work and dedication over the last two and a half years.
“It has not been easy, but it would have been much harder if it had not been for this group, who have dedicated their lives to serving our people.”