Ministers have a clear mandate to improve economic growth: Ramaphosa

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says his new executive comprises of Ministers with a clear mandate to improve economic growth.

Ramaphosa announced his new executive late on Wednesday and also merged various departments.

Trade and Industry has been merged with Economic Development, to be headed by Minister Ebrahim Patel.

While making the announcement last night, Ramaphosa said all Ministers will be monitored and action will be taken if implementation is unsatisfactory.

“Our people provided this administration with a clear mandate – to accelerate inclusive economic growth, act with greater urgency to tackle poverty, improve government services, and fight corruption as well as to end state capture. If we are to give effect to this mandate, we need a capable, efficient and ethical government. It is therefore imperative that in all areas and spheres of government, we place priority on revitalising our economy while at the same time exercising great care in the use of public funds.”

The President also announced that half the 28 ministers are women and that a number of young people have been placed in ministerial positions, including Ronald Lamola as Justice Minister.

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