Ramaphosa merges ICT ministries, Ndabeni-Abrahams to head

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Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was named minister of the newly merged ICT ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle.
Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams was named minister of the newly merged ICT ministry in a Cabinet reshuffle.

In a Cabinet reshuffle this afternoon, president Cyril Ramaphosa announced the consolidation of the Department Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS) and the Department of Communications back into one unified ministry.

DTPS deputy minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams has been named head of the department.

Ndabeni-Abrahams has been an ANC member of Parliament since 2009. She joined the telecoms ministry in March 2017 following reports she did not get along with former communications minister, Faith Muthambi.

The new communications minister took her oath of office today.

Siyabonga Cwele, who was minster of the DTPS, moves to the Department of Home Affairs. The previous communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane has now become the new minister to the Department of Environmental Affairs.

In statement, the Presidency said the Cabinet reshuffle had been occasioned by the passing away in September of environmental affairs minister, Edna Molewa, and the more recent resignation of Malusi Gigaba as home affairs minister.

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