New Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi has announced a raft of changes to the executive council with Nomantu Ralehoko being appointed new Health and Wellness MEC.
Premier Lesufi was speaking in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.
The Premier announced a number of other changes including some new entities.
Earlier, Lesufi emphasized the importance of a complete review and overhaul of the province’s public healthcare system, saying several of the tenders need to be done away with.
Premier Panyaza Lesufi’s Members of Executive Council (MECs):
Finance: Jacob Mamabolo
CoGTA, e-Gov, Research & Dev: Mzi Khumalo
Transport & Logistics: Kedibone Diale Tlabela
Human Settlement & Infrastructure Development: Lebogang Maile
Health & Wellness: Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko
Education: Matome Chiloane
Sports, Rec, Arts & Culture: Morakane Mosupyoe
Community Safety: Faith Mazibuko
Social Development: Mbali Hlophe
Economic Development: Tasneem Motara
New Gauteng Premier Lesufi announces changes to the provincial cabinet:
Lesufi was sworn in as Gauteng’s 7th Premier on Thursday. He says that his priorities include efficient service delivery in healthcare, transport, water and electricity.
“My view is that we know people must eat in hospital every day. Why should we go out on tender on that when we can build internal capacity? My view is that we know hospitals must be cleaned. Why do we have to access that when people can be appointed to clean hospitals? Why can’t we have a pharmaceutical company owned by the provincial government so that we can go and buy directly from the people who produce those medications? So indeed, there is a complete review and overhaul on how we are going to handle health matters. I am very serious about that.”
Newly-elected Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi briefs the media after being sworn in: