New Minister of Tourism announced

Cape Town – South Africans must remain positive following the mass Cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma, outgoing Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom said on Friday.

Derek_Hanekom_at_SAACI_2014_620_413_80auto_s_c1_center_top_620_413_80auto_s_c1_center_topHe took to Twitter on Thursday evening to thank people for their support.

“Thank you so much for the hundreds of kind and supportive tweets! Be positive!” his last tweet of the day read.

He responded to many tweets. In one of them, he said he was given no reason for his axing.

“I saw it on the media release,” he said.

He said he was feeling “as strong as ever”, but was deeply concerned about what was happening.

Hanekom was one of five ministers who lost their positions in the executive after Zuma’s dramatic announcement on Thursday night.

A total of 20 ANC MPs received new posts in the Cabinet as part of the reshuffle, many of them young women.

Hanekom said his former colleagues would continue to serve as best as they could. He would continue to promote his old portfolio to anyone who asked about “our beautiful country”.

“It was a privilege to serve and I truly enjoyed working with the industry. Tourism has huge potential,” he said.tweet

“I have certainly tried my best, and it was a privilege.”

He said he would not quit as an MP in Parliament. Read his timeline here.

Hanekom’s deputy Tokozile Xasa is taking over from him. She told News24 on Friday that South Africa must give the incoming Cabinet ministers a chance to do good work in their portfolios.

“For ANC supporters out there, and to everybody, give the new people the opportunity to demonstrate and ensure that we are able to implement,” she told News24 on Friday.

Xasa, the former deputy minister of tourism, asked the nation and those feeling anxious in the party to allow the new ministers to deliver.

Xasa takes over from her former boss Derek Hanekom.  She hoped that those who were fired would continue serving the ANC, despite losing their positions.

“We expect them in their future or areas in where they will be, that they will continue to contribute positively to the organisation.”

She did not want to comment on the political implications of Zuma’s decision, but said she was “very happy” that Zuma had given so many young MPs and women MPs a chance to run departments.

They brought in the “energy and dynamism” required for radical socio-economic transformation, she said.

She said her familiarity with the department was a plus and she wanted to hit the ground running.


Her focus would be on creating job opportunities for young people, particularly women. Xasa is national spokesperson for the ANC Women’s League.

‘I will see only later what happens’

New Deputy Communications Minister Thandi Mahambehlala did not want to comment about her role when she had not yet been sworn in.

“I will see only later what happens. Then I can communicate with you what happens,” she said.

She said she was looking forward to working with new Communications Minister Ayanda Dlodlo, as she had worked with her for a long time.

She did not want to comment on the crisis engulfing the SABC just yet.

Mahambehlala is an MP and represents Cape Town’s Khayelitsha constituency.

She has served as deputy chairperson of the ANC Youth League in Cape Town, and was elected as the Western Cape ANCYL secretary in 2008.

She serves on Parliament’s energy portfolio committee and was also a member of Parliament’s Nkandla ad hoc committee.

Source: News24



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