'Depts where less ministers would not be able to do work without their deputies'

Earlier this week the country was on tenterhooks ahead of President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of what he'd promised would be a leaner Cabinet.

Ramaphosa did cut the number of ministries from 36 to 28, but came in for some criticism because of the number of deputy ministers - he appointed 34, with some combined ministries now sitting with two deputies.

Read: Ramaphosa announces his new Cabinet, De Lille makes the team

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao is an associate lecturer in the Department of Political Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits).

She weighs in on Ramaphosa's possible reasons for this decision and describes what deputy ministers actually do.

Although their mandate is broad, she says, they basically function as the right hand of the minister.

That could involve anything from policy formulation, policy implementation, oversight of the department to really making sure that the department is getting the resources that it needs from national government, in getting support from communities...

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Associate lecturer in political studies - Wits University

The scope and nature of some departments is so large that it wouldn't really be possible to have one deputy minister.

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Associate lecturer in political studies - Wits University

There is work that needs to be done there, physically every day in terms of policies, and less ministers in the short term would not be able to do on their own without their deputies.

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Associate lecturer in political studies - Wits University

She uses the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs as an example.

Those two mandates are not necessarily the same thing. It might make sense to have two deputy ministers within such a large department to enable them to concentrate on one or the other of those mandates and to clearly execute.

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Associate lecturer in political studies - Wits University

Chilenga-Butaosuccession says Ramaphosa may well have had succession planning in mind when he appointed some relatively young deputy ministers.

Hopefully those deputy ministers will grow into their roles and later succeed the ministers, so I think that was a smart move.

Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Associate lecturer in political studies - Wits University

Listen to the discussion below:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

Wilhelm Verwoerd grateful to South Africans for inviting him on mutual journey

The author says his book is part of challenge young black South Africans set him to do 'white work' about effects of apartheid.

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

Pets and sectional title scheme rules

A specialist attorney explains the process of trying to change a no-pet rule and how to address problems with 'nuisance' animals.

The race is an art - Bruce Fordyce on the Comrades Marathon

The race is an art - Bruce Fordyce on the Comrades Marathon

The ultra-distance legend talks to Africa during the 94th Comrades, saying it's dangerous to pre-determine your running time.

Guard against basic mistakes - advice ahead of Sunday's Comrades Marathon

Guard against basic mistakes - advice ahead of Sunday's Comrades Marathon

Mamabolo Matshelane discusses the miscalculations that cost him a silver medal in 2018 and how he'll avoid them this time round.

Banyana Banyana's first Women's World Cup campaign kicks off against Spain

Banyana Banyana's first Women's World Cup campaign kicks off against Spain

Diski Voice's Nndivheni Mabidi says the team's best chance is to get a point in Saturday's match after a disappointing build-up.

Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain commuters stranded as MyCiTi service suspended

Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain commuters stranded as MyCiTi service suspended

Mayco member Felicity Purchase says the City is trying to negotiate a new contract to get N2 express service back on the road.

Popular articles
[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

[VIDEO] DA's Van Damme accuses family of racism, V&A Waterfront apologises

The Democratic Alliance MP claims she was subjected to a racist tirade at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront and wants action taken.

I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

I’ve never seen anything like this! – Simon Brown on Old Mutual vs Peter Moyo

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviews Simon Brown, Financial Educator at Just One Lap.

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

[WATCH] Volkswagen’s new feel-good Kombi ad 'Cupcake Boss' is brilliant

Advertisers traditionally warn against working with children. In this ad it works beautifully, says ad expert Andy Rice.

You’re almost certainly – no matter what you believe - crap at investing

You’re almost certainly – no matter what you believe - crap at investing

Data shows that almost everyone sucks at investing, says Warren Ingram. Here's how to avoid shooting yourself in the foot.

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

Fight continues for family of 11 evicted from Paarl wine farm

On May 7, the Land Claims Court heard an application to have the eviction of Nomabongo Sweetness May and her family rescinded.

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Investigation underway into cause of Cape Town hotel fire

Staff and guests at Durbanville's Ruslamere hotel were evacuated while firefighters battled the blaze on Tuesday morning.

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

Sexual abuse claims at CT orphanage, manager 'under the influence of alcohol'

MEC for Social Development Sharna Fernandez says after affidavits taken and charges laid, Al-Noor orphanage has been deregistered.